International Journal of Art & Design Education

Discourse and Practice in the Art Curriculum and the Production of the Pupil as a Subject

Volume 14.3   1995



The development of enquiry into language this century has implications for pedagogy. This development concerns the transition from viewing language as a transparent medium, identifying an external objective reality, to a view in which language constitutes reality as we understand it. After outlining some contemporary theoretical developments concerning the 'productive' or material nature of discourse, the paper shows how particular curriculum practices in art can be viewed as discursive sites which perpetuate particular discourses in which the pupil as art practitioner is produced. It focuses upon drawing practices and posits 'ability' as a particular ideological interpretation. However, such interpretations do provide us with stable forms which allow us to act as if they were absolute.