International Journal of Art & Design Education

Summarising a Student Debate

Volume 5.1   1986



The issues raised by a newspaper article entitled Man does not live by bread alone written by two Hungarian students are considered and discussed with reference to some current practice in Hungarian art education. The students’ concerns are typical of the expectations of some young people and focus upon the idea that artists must express ideas of value to society as a whole. One important aspect of this is understanding and appreciating visual culture. It is argued that one of the most important tasks in education is to provide the ground for young people to develop their skills in visual and aesthetic discrimination. This is facilitated by engaging with established works of art in an open and tolerant way, as well as by expression through picture making.