Bridging contradictions: The design of wicked arts assignments
For over ten years, we have given workshops around the globe in which we have played around with arts educators and invited them to design wicked arts assignments. You might wonder: why wicked arts assignments? Loosely based on the ideas of Rittel and Webber, we believe that arts education thrives on assignments that are wicked in nature: confusing, messy, complex, and challenging. In our perception, wicked arts assignments are open and restricted, draw on personal fascinations and broaden one’s horizon, leave room for exploration and provide guidance. What is more, these types of arts assignments are born out of authentic arts education—our main source of inspiration for this book.