The Value of Sexuality

Penetrating Norms with Arts-based Action Research


  • Katri Kauppala University of Lapland


art education, sexuality, feminist pedagogy, queer theory, arts-based action research, gender


Relying upon feminist and queer theory, this article explores feminist pedagogy in art education practices. More specifically, the research investigates how engaging with sexuality and gender in education relates to the uncovering of social structures, power dynamics, and normativity. This arts-based action research dives into the praxis of the three-day course entitled Sexuality and Art with university student participants from degree programs in art education, graphic design, applied visual arts, and industrial design. By integrating values from feminist pedagogy, such as ethics, agency, contextuality, and the interconnectedness of individuals, art education can create equitable environments that challenge dominant societal narratives.

How to Cite

Kauppala, K. (2023). The Value of Sexuality: Penetrating Norms with Arts-based Action Research. Research in Arts and Education, 2023(3), 27–39.