International Journal of Art & Design Education

Language in Art and Art in Language

Volume 17.2   1998



National Curriculum is bringing a systematic attention to the place of language in the teaching and learning of Art, but may be suppressing some of the liveliness of language in art. Art teaches a specialist vocabulary with benefits beyond the art lesson, but there are dangers (and opportunities) in the use of words in art, e.g. about aesthetic qualities, and looking and thinking about artefacts, which have different meanings elsewhere. As in English, there is a danger of introducing a canon and talking about art in second-hand language which does not connect with pupils' experiences.