International Journal of Art & Design Education

Basic Design and the Pedagogy of Richard Hamilton

Volume 7.2   1988



The paper discusses the influences on Richard Hamilton beginning with the SAE conference `Adolescent Expression in Art and Craft' held at Bretton Hall in 1956 that highlighted some of the immense divisions in the art educational world brought about by the advent of the so called `Basic Design' movement. Yeomans draws attention to the influence of Victor Passmore, Harry Thubron, Tom Hudson and Maurice de Sausmarez, in shaping Hamilton's approach. In his own work and teaching Hamilton was concerned not only with what we observe in the natural and man-made world but how we perceive it. The paper gives an insight into how Hamilton's developed his foundation course and his theoretical approach to the introduction of design as the basis for students work.