International Journal of Art & Design Education

Developing Craft Activities in Schools

Volume 3.3   1984



The place of crafts in schools is made complex by the variety of subjects that offer craft experience and the variety of functions attributed to the crafts by the different subject teachers concerned. Common principles for the teaching of crafts across subjects such as art, home economics and craft, design & technology (CDT) have only been established in a few schools, often where thematic or project-based work is effective because children are not faced with conflicting methods and attitudes as they move between subjects. A balance needs to be struck between the need for children to develop both a general understanding of the principles of making and designing and sufficient skills and confidence to craft with authority. Concludes that, craftsmanship is more likely to flourish where children have been given the skills and confidence to operate well within some craft areas rather than inadequately across a wide range.