International Journal of Art & Design Education

Drawing on the Past: Reflecting on the Future

Volume 21.3   2002



This paper examines the connections between the training models of late19c Schools of Design (Art) as exemplified by the first municipal School of Art (Margaret Street, Birmingham) and the current preparation of specialist teachers of Art and Design. A recurrent theme is the paradox of ‘objective’, measurable standards, pitted against notions of ‘subjective’ independent learning, individual relevance and choice. Consistent with other papers from this author, the thrust of the perspective is questioning the compatibility of an examination-dominated agenda and opportunities for experimentation, creative risk taking and forms of supported, purposeful play. Continuing research explores the concept and purpose of drawing in an increasingly technological, global information society.