Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Anne Maj Nielsen

Drawings between Sensory Appeal and Cultural Code

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

In research in which children are offered drawing implements it is important to take the sensory appeal of the implements and the children’s age and drawing experiences with the implements into consideration as well as the situated and contextual interactions and relations that may influence the themes, visual sign use and meaning-making of the drawing research participants.
The drawing implements may produce visual articulations in drawings that imply a sensory appeal to the researcher. That kind of sensory and often pre-reflexive appeal and response may influence the immediate ‘sense-making’ and interpretation of the drawing as data. It should be taken into consideration as a sort of knowledge: a ‘felt sense’ of meaning. It is important to have a dialogue with the drawing child about such impressions as it may simply be a personal association of the researcher. However it can also be an opportunity to express meaning and experience that is not yet defined but may be valuable in order to learn more about children’s perspectives.
The drawing provides a sensory object to speak about. It can be an interview about the theme (for example, a research theme) as well as about the technical sign use and evaluation of the drawing.
It may be reasonable to open up opportunities for aesthetic learning processes in psycho-social interventions where sensory activities can provide objects with sensory appeal to interact with and talk about.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year6 Sep 2011
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2011
EventISCAR - Rom, Italy
Duration: 6 Sep 201110 Sep 2011



See relations at Aarhus University Citationformats

ID: 41916089