International Journal of Art & Design Education

Attitudes to making art in the primary school

Volume 24.3   2005



Recent research suggests that the majority of primary school teachers in the UK believe that the purpose of teaching art and design is to develop skills associated with creativity, communication and expression. This paper is based on research into the attitudes held by primary school pupils towards making art. The reflective nature of many of the responses to the survey provides persuasive evidence of young children’s capacity for absorbing relatively complex ideas, which in turn has implications for teacher expectations of pupil learning in art and design.