Abstract. Since the 1960's, rapid changes and transformations in the field of art have been experienced in the light of the technological and social developments that have been experienced, and the expression forms and thought forms of today's art have differentiated. With this change in the art, there was a need for a new structuring and planning in the field of art education. The purpose of this research is to demonstrate how students' original expression patterns in artistic production have been improved through conceptual art practices. The research was designed with an action research model. Participants of the research consist of 12 undergraduate students who took Graphic Design lesson in Fine Arts Education Department of Anadolu University in the fall semester of 2012-2013 and the researcher conducting the course. Data were collected from class video records, semi-structured interviews, student diary, researcher diary, student objects/products and social media interactions. Data of the research were resolved through thematic analysis method. According to findings, it has been seen that the students have developed awareness of their surroundings by experiencing the research and inquiry process. The students have changed their conceptions of art and their distant attitudes to contemporary art and have tried to make meaning. From the research findings, students can be taught various artistic approaches such as art history, visual culture, digital art and contemporary art practices.
Keywords: Art education, conceptual art, contemporary art education.