International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Demise and Possible Rise of Early Specialist Education in Art

Volume 8.3   1989



Some students develop art skills at an almost embarrassingly rapid rate. Should such pupils be provided with a specialist art education? Similar schools exist for music in this country, and abroad for art. Such schools provide the stimulation of other similarly advanced children and the reassurance of the child's own normality. Exceptional children are frustrated by the mismatch of their capability and the help available to release their artistic potential. Talent (whatever that is) rarely comes to fruition without positive nurturing and able children are entitled to the same level of attention as low achievers. Currently adequate provision is not made for such children.