International Journal of Art & Design Education

A Rationale for the Curriculum in the Visual Arts

Volume 1.1   1982



The author discusses the role of the arts and the aims of general education. He offers rationales for the arts in education that include the arts as a branch of the humanities, the arts and indebtedness to past generations, their contribution to culture and human fulfilment, the humanising role of the arts, and the visual arts as a body of scholarship and knowledge. He argues for the need for continuous contact with the community of contemporary practitioners in the world of the arts and applies Bruner's pedagogical principles to teaching the visual arts. In conclusion Edmonston proposes five major components of visual arts curricula.