International Journal of Art & Design Education

Marion Richardson (1892-1946)

Volume 7.2   1988



Marion Richardson's name figures prominently and frequently in the literature of the history of art education. She is credited with having been one of the pioneers of the child art movement though her contribution to education in art seems to have been largely misunderstood and in danger of being neglected altogether through lack of objective information of the circumstances surrounding her rise to fame. She influenced a generation of teachers and significantly affected the 'New Art Teaching Movement' but received little credit for it until after her death. This paper gives an account of her life and pioneering work in art education.