Teye, V.Q.N. (2021). Exploring the benefits of using Interactive Learning System in Teaching Basic Design in Winneba Senior High School.

The study explored the benefits of using Interactive Learning System (ILS) in teaching Basic Design in Winneba Senior High School in the Central Region of Ghana. The perceived problem was that couple of teachers resort to textbook and chalkboard approach of teaching and learning which hinders better understanding. This was observed by the researcher in his regular visits to some of the schools. It is a common knowledge that when learners are taught without tangible teaching and learning materials, many a time, they have to imagine by trying to create mental pictures of what has been taught which may lead to distortions in their understanding. This informed the conduct of the study. Action research design constituted the research design for the study while census sampling technique was used to sample 70 respondents for the study. Simple descriptive statistics was used as the tool for data analysis. The study established that effective Interactive Learning Systems with multimedia component stored online and offline has the potential to facilitate easy understanding in learners in studying Basic Design in Senior High School.

Exploring the Benefits of Using Interactive Learning System in Teaching Basic Design in Winneba Senior High School
Published: April 13, 2021

Ankrah, O., Micah, V. K. B. & Donkor, E. K. (2021). Art and the Sublime: (De)Illusionism in the statue of Azumah Nelson at the Essipon Stadium, Ghana.

The relevance of the sublime is seen in the statue of Azumah Nelson at the Sekondi Essipon National Sports Stadium, Ghana, particularly of his philosophies and boxing achievements. Although the life-size cast aluminium scrap statue of the national sporting icon Azumah Nelson is mimetic and inspires awe and grandeur, there has been professional and public (de)illusions of the work. Many have observed and argued that though the statue conveys a message of nationality and vigour of his rule in the boxing ring for over two decades, others hold that there are issues of illusionism between the real and the fictive often served as the most poignant intensifier of visual pleasure of the statue. This study looks at the art of the sublime and (de)illusions of the statue of Azumah Nelson mounted at the Essipon National Sports Stadium in the Western Region of Ghana. Azumah Nelson is a boxing icon who brought fame and honour to Ghana. Using narrative and interpretive methods, the discussions revealed that there are (de)illusions reflecting in the statue of Azumah Nelson. These visual (de)illusions of mimesis, optical and reality were seen to be reflecting a state of bravery, courage, achievement and love for nation by Azumah Nelson.

Art and the Sublime: (De)Illusionism in the statue of Azumah Nelson at the Essipon Stadium, Ghana
Published: March 26, 2021

Koranteng, J., Ismaila, M., Adom, D. & Tetteh, M. (2020). Constructivist teaching strategies for graphic design education in selected senior high schools in Ghana

The purpose of this study was to find out the constructivist teaching strategies that can maximize students’ performances in Graphic Design in some selected Senior High Schools in Ghana. This was seen as important because of the weaknesses associated with teacher-centred teaching approaches such as using the lecture method that does not allow students to actively participate in the construction of knowledge. A qualitative inquiry was used in garnering data from 57 purposively selected sample consisting of 7 teachers and 50 students from Senior High Schools who have performed creditably in Graphic Design education in Ghana. Data were solicited from them via personal interviews, focus group discussions, and direct classroom observations on the effective teaching strategies for Graphic Design that maximize students’ learning outcomes. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis under the qualitative research approach. The results showed that student-centred teaching strategies were more effective in the teaching of the Graphic Design subject in the selected Senior High Schools in Ghana as against the popular teacher-centred approaches. Thus, Demonstration, Discussion, Cooperative- Learning, Problem-Solving, and Project-Based teaching strategies were observed to actively involve students and promoted more hands-on activities that assisted learners in acquiring the required vocational skills in the field of Graphic Design. Addressing challenges such as appropriate working studios, provision of  recommended textbooks, computers for the introduction of CAD programmes proved to be effective means of enhancing Graphic Design education in the selected Senior High Schools. The study concludes that for Graphic Design education in the selected Senior High Schools to fully fulfill its objectives of assisting learners to gain the required content knowledge and hands-on skills in their chosen fields of study, more effective learner-centred teaching strategies such as discussion, problem-solving and project-based teaching strategies must be used.

Constructivist teaching strategies for graphic design education in selected senior high schools in Ghana
Published: December 8, 2020

Navei, N. (2020). Tracer study on the employability of Graphic Design graduates of University of Education, Winneba

 Premised on qualitative case study design, the study investigated the employability of Graphic Design graduates of University of Education, Winneba (UEW) with reference to graduate expectations and realities in the world of work. Twenty-eight (28) Bachelor of Arts (BA) Graphic Design graduates of the July 2012 year group and one other key participant all of the Department of Graphic Design of UEW were selected through the use of purposive and exponential non-discriminate snowball sampling techniques. Empirical data were collected through opinionnaire and semistructured interview. The study found the rationale of BA Graphic Design programme of UEW to have bi-focal agenda of equipping its graduates with the needed expertise in Graphic Design practice and education as well as guarantee its graduates employability in the industrial or entrepreneurial establishments. It was also established that most of the July 2012 BA Graphic Design graduates of UEW expected to gain immediate employment by the industry only, after graduation. Since the rationale of the programme is bi-focal in nature, the study recommends that the department of Graphic Design, UEW should provide adequate sensitization and orientation to prospective applicants including continuing students on the nature of the programme as well as initiate career orientation programmes for its graduates in order to broaden their knowledge on employability in any of the job prospects of the programme after school.

Tracer study on the employability of Graphic Design graduates of University of Education, Winneba
Published: December 8, 2020

Analysis of Ghanaian political parties’ manifesto promises on the creative Arts sector: A case study of 2012, 2016 & 2020 manifestoes

During every election year, both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) articulate their campaign promises on what they intend doing to promote the entire Creative Arts sector in their manifestoes. The duopoly (NDC & NPP), have been alternating political power in the fourth republic of Ghana. It is against this background that this study focused on the comparative content analysis of the manifestoes of these two major political parties in Ghana to reveal their promises and its deliverability relating to the Creative Arts. Comparative content analytical approach was used to analyse the content of the promises. It took into cognisance the promises they delivered when they were given the nod by the Ghanaian electorates. The study revealed that with the absence of National Creative Arts Policy, both the NDC and NPP have provided middle-of-the-road art policies in their manifestoes which have largely remained unfulfilled since 2012 to present. The promises were bias towards the performing arts, leaving the Visual Arts. Both parties made promises of establishing a resilient Creative Arts sector by building and supporting more museums, create jobs for art and craft producers through their policy initiatives. They also promised of building art galleries and regional theatres and establish Creative Arts Fund, support musicians, film actors and producers in the performing arts industry, yet all these juicy promises have proved to be mere lip service under the respective tenure of these two political parties.

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Asenso, K., Issah, S. & Som, E. K. (2020). The use of visual arts in environmental conservation in Ghana: The case of Adams Saeed

 The use of Visual Arts to promote environmental conservation is an important vehicle but its strategy for effective conservation outreach is hidden. In Ghana, the use of Visual Arts to promote environmental conservation and preservation is accelerating on a very low-pace, and those who try to initialize this culture have often remained largely undocumented, or stigmatized and stereotyped as mere objects of decoration in public space and homes. The aim of this is to recommend a return to a primary lifestyle which reminds us of basic realities easily forgotten in modern way of life which can be much more than just a necessity. The study sought to identify and document some visual arts works of Ken Kojo Adams Saeed which promote environmental conservation in Ghana. Descriptive research methodology was utilised in this study. The study concluded that, Ken Kojo Adams Saeed, a Ghanaian young artist, identified waste that create nuisance and sanitation problems in communities and used them as a resource material to create phenomenal sculptural works. His works educate and conscientize the public on waste management and environmental conservation. The study, therefore, recommends the promotion of environmental artists to harness development.

The Use of Visual Arts in Environmental Conservation in Ghana: The Case of Adams Saeed
Published: August 31, 2020

Quarshie, B. & Kpogo, R. R. Y. (2020). Art facilities and learning outcomes in selected Ghanaian public Senior High Schools in the Central Region

 This article examined available facilities (tangible and intangible) in selected Ghanaian public Senior High Schools to find out if they possess what it takes to impact the needed skills in students to meet the demands of the 21st Century job market. Four schools were purposefully selected to fairly represent the various grades of senior high schools in the Central Region of Ghana. Data was collected through interviews and observations whereas analysis was done using the thematic approach. Findings indicate that facilities in schools were highly inadequate. Visual arts teachers were not motivated to teach while students lack basic learning resources thereby impacting negatively on performance outcomes of both teachers and students. The future of Visual Arts education in Ghanaian Senior High Schools is feared to remain sustainable as a practical programme as authorities continually fail to provide needed basic art facilities.

Art Facilities and Learning Outcomes in Selected Ghanaian Public Senior High Schools in the Central Region

Essel, O. Q. & Asare, G. D. (2020). Breaking the academic silence on anonymity of indigenous textiles: Textile art of Nana Kwaku Duah II in focus

The study sought to explore the biographical account of Nana Kwaku Duah II and examine his major innovative and creative contributions in textile designing, weaving and Adinkra printing cottage industry. In this study, narrative analysis and oral history methods constituted the form of biographical method used in addition to descriptive research design. Unstructured interview and unobtrusive observation were the forms of instrumentations used for the data collection. Data was analysed using descriptive and narrative analysis tools. It was revealed in the study that Nana Kwaku Duah II is a presidential fabric designer who fuses indigenous adinkra printing technology, kente weaving techniques and embroidery art in creating a unique composite breed of fabrics. His unique fabric designs have received commendation from users and admirers, yet he has remained anonymous in academic circles as the textile designer. For instance, his Nyame na ayɛ design worn by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo during his 2017 inauguration ceremony. It was highly praised by many as kente, though it was produced with a combination of kente and embroidery stripes. It is recommended that the nation must consider honouring his creative efforts as it persists in other developed nations who honour their creatives. The textile designs of this creative designer must feature in the collections of the Ghana National Museum for art education purposes.

Breaking the Academic Silence on Anonymity of Indigenous Textiles: Textile Art of Nana Kwaku Duah II in Focus

Navei, N. (2020). Sociocultural contexts of Chaira pottery art

The uniqueness of pottery is synonymous with its makers. The pottery art of the various ethnic groups in Ghana is inseparable from their cultural identities in that, the art is entrenched in their cultures. Notwithstanding this, much is not documented about the sociocultural contexts of Charia pottery art in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Adopting qualitative paradigm and case study design, the study purposively sampled eight (8) practising potters of not less than three decades of pottery experience in Charia. Empirical data was collected through interviews and field observation in order to reveal the sociocultural contexts of Charia pottery art. The study concluded that Charia pottery art has long historical standing, however, the art has since become women’s job in the generational life of Charia, and largely practiced by old women. The study recommends massive involvement of Charia women including the young ladies in the pottery art of Charia since the practice of pottery/ceramic has become a lucrative business venture in contemporary Ghana. Also, it emerged that Chariapottery art is a home affair. The establishment of a communal pottery centre in Charia by the potters through the formation of a formidable front is recommended. The sociocultural contexts of Charia pottery art is that which interlinks with the daily lives of the people. It is recommended that, Charia potters should continuously produce such culturally-related pottery wares to showcase, and preserve the sociocultural identity of the people to their future generations and for public admiration.

Sociocultural Contexts of Chaira Pottery Art

PETITION TO PROF. KWASI OPOKU-AMANKWA, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE, ON THE ONGOING 2020 VISUAL ARTS WASSCE PRACTICAL FEES CHALLENGES IN PUBLIC SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS

The Art Teachers Association of Ghana (ATAG) commends government for being proactive in absorbing the fee associated with 2020 WASSCE (West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination) practical for the Visual Arts student-finalists. It is first of its kind in the history of WASSCE and, therefore, highly commendable.

However, our visits to the Senior High Schools upon commencement of the examination on July 20, 2020 revealed that monies allocation per each student for the execution of the practical works in the Visual Arts subjects was Fifteen Ghana Cedis (15GHS). Based on the demand of the questions, this money is woefully inadequate and cannot cater for even one of the four (4) Visual arts elective subjects the students pursue.

There are eight (8) Visual Arts Subjects namely Basketry, Jewellery, Sculpture, Ceramics, Picture Making, Graphic Design, Leatherwork and Textiles in addition to General Knowledge in Art (GKA) which students are required to execute practical works as part of their 2020 WASSCE final examination. These subjects are categorised into three-dimensional (Leatherwork, Basketry, Jewellery, Sculpture and Ceramics), and two-dimensional (Picture Making, Graphic Design, and Textiles). Of these two categories, each student is mandated to study two subjects from each category in addition to General Knowledge in Art (GKA). This allow students to study an average of four visual arts subjects of which they are to execute practical works.

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