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International Journal of Art & Design Education

Textiles and Art in the Secondary School Curriculum: Some issues of

Volume 5.3   1986

DAVIS I.K, BENYON E.M, GREEN A.G, HALL G.K. & HURST D

 

The separation of art from craft and design in many secondary schools has an adverse effect on pupils’ learning. This article describes some of the main findings from research into the teaching of textiles in England and Wales between January 1984 and January 1985. Two hundred schools responded. It was found that while most respondents felt that greater integration between textiles and art was desirable, this was not the norm. The differing aims of art teachers and teachers of textiles underlined the lack of common purpose and consequent lack of liaison; for textile departments, priorities in order were: giving a lasting interest in the craft, promoting self confidence and to provide opportunities for developing imaginative ideas. For the art specialists, stimulating the imagination had the highest priority, followed by stimulating aesthetic responses and acquisition of problem solving skills and inventiveness. It was concluded however that effective links between textiles and art could enrich both subject areas.