Understanding the young adolescent’s stereotyped aesthetics and popular visual culture in art education

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


This paper reports the findings from a study of understanding images of popular visual culture created by young adolescents in a Hong Kong school context. It adopted a phenomenological case study method to investigate the images created by eight students from a secondary school, in which students participated in a manga creation program. The study suggested a matrix for the investigation that stressed investigating the meaning of the images young adolescents create through their art creation experiences, the reasons for creating images in the particular way, and the way of interpreting their creation process. The study found that there were two types of aesthetics in the image of popular visual culture affecting young adolescents’ image creation: the stereotyped aesthetics and the counter-stereotyped aesthetics. They not only affected young adolescents’ artistic representations, but they also influenced the representation forms of the images of both sexes. Besides, they revealed a psycho-cognitive learning process for self-transformation. Each had its specific functions and meanings contributing to understanding images. The matrix demonstrated a self-actualised and self-autonomous ecological system formulated by the socio-cultural context and individual real world problems, in which young adolescents sought solutions to their real world problems through being sophisticated in drawing skills and techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008



Lau, C. Y. (2008, December). Understanding the young adolescent’s stereotyped aesthetics and popular visual culture in art education. Paper presented at the First International Conference: Popular Culture and Education in Asia, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong.