International Journal of Art & Design Education

An Encounter with Computer Art: Primary Children's Reactions

Volume 11.2   1992



Jane Chia and Birnie Duthie report an art curriculum project conducted with primary school children in Singapore. The pupils' own conventionally-drawn images were altered using computer technology. These processes enabled them to compare their originals with the modified images and to begin to understand both the nature of media manipulation and the changing messages this can provide. Here the collaborative nature of the work is of some significance, for the project clearly demonstrates that computer-based art work can be helpful in terms of children's social interaction and co-operative learning processes. The paper is wholly optimistic about the potential benefits of computer-based work in art programmes at all stages of education.