International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Arts as a Generic Area of the Curriculum

Volume 11.1   1992



The paper is a development from the NCC Arts in Schools project, which the author directed. It includes a brief analysis of that project and its rationales. A collaborative framework is proposed for the teaching of arts in schools. Similarities in the processes of creation and reflection and some fundamental modes of arts practice are discussed in detail. The integrated organisation of arts education which is advocated does not necessarily imply combined arts teaching, although it is suggested that the latter will complement specialist courses. The argument is presented here as a reply to David Best's earlier critique of the notion of 'generic arts'. Robinson's paper also calls for a balance between creative work and critical understanding within all arts areas. Arts teachers are encouraged to view themselves as participants in a common enterprise and to have a generous view of the borders of their own disciplines.