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ERIC Number: EJ822673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0706-8107
The Art Consultant as Writer: A Retrospective of Ontario Publications, 1945-1995
Clark, Roger Allen
Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, v35 p 1-17 2008
Consultant, supervisor, coordinator--though the official titles may have changed with locale and decade, the position of art consultant has remained an enduring fixture of the Ontario education system since World War II. In this paper, I will trace the evolution of Ontario art consultancies from 1945 to 1995. My focus will be a novel one: the art consultant as writer. Teachers who have entered the profession within the last twenty years may find this role for art consultants to be surprising since it has remained largely dormant during the lifespan of their teaching careers. A review of the literature paints a different picture, however, and reveals that Ontario art consultants after World War II did indeed see writing as an integral part of their professional activity. Particular attention will be paid to publications written by Elizabeth Harrison, Florence Hart, and Arnel Pattemore. The development and decline in the role of art consultant as writer will be linked to cyclical changes in the delivery of education in Ontario. With this subtext in mind, the paper is divided into two parts. The first half is devoted to publications written by art consultants during the career of Charles Dudley Gaitskell, roughly 1945-70, an era when education was centralized and tightly controlled by the provincial government. The second half is focused on publications written by art consultants during the period 1970-1995 when education experienced a significant degree of local autonomy.
Canadian Society for Education through Art. Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1, Canada. Tel: 807-684-0772; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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