International Journal of Art & Design Education

‘Walking on the Ice’: Women, Art education and Art

Volume 9.2   1990



Val Walsh is essentially concerned to question conventions of aggressive competition in tertiary art education, the legacies of abstract expressionism and hardedge brutalism. In this paper she argues that aesthetic alternatives exist and may enhance education if positive steps are taken to discriminate against gender-stereotypical assumptions. In her research, for which this paper is a partial report, she initiated a process of reviewing the work and lives of C19th and C20th women artists, while reflecting on her own experience as a fine art student in the early 1960s and subsequently as a tutor in art education.