International Journal of Art & Design Education

Gallery and School: Art Study Programmes

Volume 4.3   1985



The author suggests that the traditional 'walk and talk' lecture tour model of educational provision by galleries is antithetical to the idea that children learn best through participation, discovery and the stimulation of their natural curiosity. She calls for a shift of responsibility for learning from teacher to pupil. The differing expectations of gallery educators and teachers are explored and collaborative case studies reviewed. She concludes that the intention of those at the school gallery interface should be to make the experience of the gallery visit 'commonplace' and natural rather than the rarified event that is more commonly the norm.