International Journal of Art & Design Education

An Art Enrichment Project for Eight to Ten Year Olds in the Ordinary Classroom

Volume 17.2   1998



The definition of enrichment, embedded in the literature on the subject, means taking children above and beyond their every day learning experience by providing for a short time an unusually challenging environment that will uncover and strengthen talent. The project was classroom-based action research examining the effects of immersing mixed ability eight-to ten-year olds in a range of differentiated art experience over an intensive two day period. Three separate projects were undertaken, although only one - a design project - can be discussed here in detail. The paper describes the project, explores the purpose and design of the research, and offers some conclusions based on a variety of interview and photographic data.