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Dr Karen Maras, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. As a specialist in Visual Arts education she is Program Convenor, Visual Arts, Media Arts and Design Education. Prior to this appointment Karen led programs in Visual Arts teacher education at Australian Catholic University and also held a range of leadership roles in the ACU Faculty of Education NSW. She began her career in academia at COFA...view more
Dr Karen Maras, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. As a specialist in Visual Arts education she is Program Convenor, Visual Arts, Media Arts and Design Education. Prior to this appointment Karen led programs in Visual Arts teacher education at Australian Catholic University and also held a range of leadership roles in the ACU Faculty of Education NSW. She began her career in academia at COFA UNSW wherein she completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Karen’s contributions to pre-service Visual Arts teacher preparation are grounded in her experience in secondary visual arts teaching, and her extensive experience developing Visual Arts Curriculum k-12 in state and national contexts.
In her research Dr Karen Maras investigates the ontological bases of critical reasoning in art. A key focus in this work is on the role language and belief play in the practicalities of knowledge construction and learning in the Visual Arts. Karen has established a realist framework for understanding how and on what terms students develop critical theories of meaning in art. This research assists teachers in understanding how students’ theories of art develop with age and how theoretical repertoires can be developed and applied as frameworks of meaning when interpreting artworks and art practices in the classroom. This interest in critical development in art arises from her experience in secondary teaching, her interest in philosophical aesthetics, theoretical frameworks and conceptual development in art.
BArtEd MArtEd PhD
Professional teachers Council NSW Outstanding Service Award 2013
Karen has been instrumental in providing outstanding strategic leadership for professional development evidenced in VADEAs annual conference programs, in-service events, research symposiums, public forums, and resultant teacher resource publications. Karen is recognised as a leading voice in art education in NSW and nationally.
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Teaching Citation
In 2011 Karen received an ALTC citation for her outstanding contribution to Visual Arts teacher education through development of curricula, resources and services that reflect a command of the field. This award demonstrates Karen’s commitment to modelling curriculum practices and professional qualities that develop teachers’ reflective critical dispositions enabling them to sustain high quality learning outcomes for their students in schools. Her university teaching, consultancy and advocacy at state and federal levels is grounded in a commitment to building professional identity and ensuring the intellectual value of Visual Arts education is recognised in education.
Art Education Australia (AEA)
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)
Visual Arts and Design Educators Association NSW (VADEA)
Current professional Activity
Research and Publications Officer, Visual Arts and Design Educators Association, NSW (2014)
Australian Journal of Art Education
International Journal of Art and Design Education