International Journal of Art & Design Education

Robin Tanner: Educator and Artist

Volume 7.3   1988



In this paper Ernie Hird records the educational achievements of Robin Tanner. He argues that these achievements would have been considered marginal at any time in the modern period, because Tanner was a ruralist, fired by an image of the world as it might have been in a golden age before the intervention of technological 'progress' and its attendant despoliation of the countryside. Yet Hind proposes that Tanner's ideas were not marginalised, and have come insistently into the mainstream, because of their inherent truths concerning the sense of human dignity associated with creative work, and the growth of personality and character that is similarly associated with expressive creativity.