International Journal of Art & Design Education

Teacher/Pupil Relationship: 'Should the teacher stand so near, my love'

Volume 3.3   1984



'To be lost in the work' is a state of mind often aimed at by both artists and pupils when making art. Within this aura of silence and self-forgetfulness we are alone with our love, our art, and discovering through the nurturing and cherishing that is uniquely our own. The significant factor in creating an environment where pupils can become absorbed in the making of art is the behaviour of the teacher. No pupil can become close to his visual ideas if he cannot forget the presence of the teacher. Only when the teacher is perceived to be 'without' the pupils can they find an inner solitude and images which are truly their own.