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Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 904; doi:10.3390/proceedings1090904

The All-Powerful Freedom: Creativity and Resilience in the Context of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis’ Art Teaching Experiment

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Department FISPPA (Filosofia, Sociologia, Pedagogia e Psicologia Applicata), University of Padua, Via Beato Pellegino, 28, 35137 Padova (PD), Italy
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Jewish Museum in Prague, U Staré školy 1, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
Presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Imagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, Brixen, Italy, 27–28 November 2017.
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Published: 14 November 2017
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Abstract

This paper examines the pedagogical legacy of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (1898–1944), an avant-garde artist and progressive art teacher of the interwar period. As a collaborative effort, it promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis and interpretation of Friedl’s teaching method, combining art history with education (Reform Pedagogy) and study into resilience (social pedagogy and developmental psychology). While incarcerated in the Terezín ghetto (1942–1944), Friedl organized children’s art classes within which she used an experimental method based on her own schooling experience in Vienna and at the State Bauhaus in Weimar. Offering her students a perfect outlet for processing their traumatic experience by the means of creativity and self-expression, she became a perfect example of what would today be described as a resilience tutor. A group of collages and drawings will be shown and analyzed.
Keywords: Shoah; Friedl Dicker-Brandeis; experimental art teaching; resilience; resilience tutor; creativity; education; Reform Pedagogy Shoah; Friedl Dicker-Brandeis; experimental art teaching; resilience; resilience tutor; creativity; education; Reform Pedagogy
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Ius, M.; Sidenberg, M. The All-Powerful Freedom: Creativity and Resilience in the Context of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis’ Art Teaching Experiment. Proceedings 2017, 1, 904.

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