International Journal of Art & Design Education

New Methodologies in Art History: Implications for School Teaching

Volume 3.3   1984



As traditional paradigms of art history are questioned and new methods and approaches emerge, the educational establishment seems unaware there is a crisis. Whilst the established view sees the artist as a unique, individual genius and art as an autonomous self-propelling force, divorced from a cultural context, new ideas in art history view the work of art as a carrier of meaning, a symbolic representation of a time, a place and an attitude. New methodologies in art history and cultural studies have grown out of an awareness of the primacy of language as the essential former of consciousness. Rather than undermine the art history teacher's position as educator, the current tendency to view the art object as cultural product establishes art history in the core of the educational endeavour rather then in the periphery where it is traditionally found.