Action Packed Art Education: Shooting for Higher Learning through Material Culture and Video Games

Action Packed Art Education: Shooting for Higher Learning through Material Culture and Video Games

Cindy Hasio


In this article, I describe how to teach elements and principles of art through the virtual worlds of video games, how games are part of material culture, experiences of teaching video games in the classroom and their social interactions. At the end of this article, I list ideas and offer a lesson plan using video games to promote social justice. Through virtual and technological lenses, material culture examines multi-sensory simulation, situated learning, and social realism gaming schemas (Parks, 2008). Web based electronic communication can become multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study through forums about video games and how individuals solve problems together to advance to the next level. Through video games, material culture studies integrate with various academic disciplines and draws on a wide range of gaming study that enrich learning in art education.


Material Culture, Visual Culture, Preservice Art Education

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