International Journal of Art & Design Education

Bilingual and Bicultural Approaches to Art and Design

Volume 11.2   1992



This paper shows how cultural differences affect attitudes and achievement within a predominantly Western European model for art education. Amrik Varkalis uses her experience of teaching art in a school with a 90% Asian Muslim intake to demonstrate how a meaningful art curriculum can be constructed for these students, many of whom have English as a second language. Varkalis cites a number of individual case studies to illustrate and support her claim of providing a more appropriate and effective programme of art education in a bilingual and bicultural context.