International Journal of Art & Design Education

Process-dominance: Developmental Drawing in Adolescent Creativity

Volume 1.2   1982



Thistlewood argues that the purpose of visual education is to develop non-literal and non-numerical modes of thinking and understanding; and that ultimate objective of art and design educators should be to have a discipline capable of rivalling those others that are entrenched in our society. More contentiously he argues art and design education cannot be deemed to be 'creative' unless it accepts that conventions are there, not to be defied, but to be superseded; and this may not be achieved by rational modes of thinking but by a mode of 'visual thinking', the development of which is a prime purpose of art and design education. He concludes that such education needs to be process-dominant rather than product-dominant.