Might as well add my two cents, eh?
1.. In your opinion, what are the operational,
emotional, cognitive and meta-cognitive abilities
required, in order to understand plastic art?
The sensory-based ability to distinguish/perceive
DIFFERENCE and attribute preference. The cognitive
ability to JUSTIFY preferences
The ability to function Meta-cognitively is useful but
2.. Which abilities, in your opinion, are essential
and without them one cannot understand nor experience a
piece of art?
The ability to perceive PERIOD. If one cannot see,
touch, hear, smell, or taste, cognitive functions have
NOTHING to operate on. Like a computer with no input
devices (keyboard mouse etc.) or data stored in
memory--lots of potential but otherwise nothing more
than a doorstop.
A need to express something aesthetically; that is to
say to get beyond simple mechanical or directly
objective utility--a need to get beyond the "object"
and the "word".
3.. Can we identify a sequence through which these
abilities should be learned. What are the
considerations for that - age of student, the
educational framework or other considerations?
It would be nice to think so, but I believe that this
is one place where Art diverges from Science. If there
is such a model I suspect that it will look more like
Piaget's developmental model---more of yardstick that a
remedial process to be enforced. Nothng prevent us,
however, from establishing sequences by academic fiat
and well meant intentions.
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