ERIC Number: ED451086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Failure of Art Education.
Based on over half a century's personal experience with the Australian community's poor understanding of art, this paper concludes that exposing thousands of secondary students to the subject "Art" over this period has had little or no effect on competency. Instances are documented. Possible reasons explored include: the common methodology dubbed "the bootstraps theory of art education" (encouraging self-expression together with avoidance of inculcation) while the commercial and entertainment worlds adopt the opposite methodology; the related misunderstanding of the principles of Modernism; and teachers' inability to distinguish among the principles of "art,""design," and "craft." These three terms are analyzed. (Author/BT)
Descriptors: Art, Art Education, Design, Foreign Countries, Handicrafts, Modernism, Secondary Education
Australian Institute of Art Education, Melbourne, C/Suite 125, 283 Glenhuntley Road, Eisternwick, VIC 3185, Australia.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Inst. of Art Education, Melbourne.
Identifiers - Location: Australia