International Journal of Art & Design Education

Observation and Drawing: a Justification for their Inclusion in the Primary School Curriculum

Volume 3.2   1984



This paper argues that careful and detailed observations of the properties of things are an essential component of education in order for children to both acquire a more discriminating understanding of the richness of their everyday experience; and to use their experience as a source of visual excitement and interest. Following a brief historical survey of the ideas and methods which have helped inform art education policy, drawing is presented as a prime method of recording observations and is discussed through illustrated examples of classroom practice. A re-appraisal of art, in which it is restored at the centre of the primary school curriculum, is called for. Teachers are urged to develop their own curriculum strategies based upon the discipline of art, freeing themselves from prescriptive approaches.