ART AND DESIGN TECHOLOGY, GENERAL AIMS and OBJECTIVES
As a Curriculum Co-ordinator for Art and Design Technology it is important to have some understanding of the general aims and objectives of teaching these subjects an any level of education. The following list may help.
PLOWDEN REPORT Volume One, page 247, paragraph 676
" Art is both a form of communication and a means of expression of feelings which ought to permeate the whole curriculum and the whole of life of the school. A society which neglects or despises it is dangerously sick. It affects or should affect all aspects of our life from the design of the commonplace article to the highest forms of individual expression”.
" To teach toward creativity is to teach toward the future of society"
SOME FUNCTIONS OF ART IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Communicating, Symbols, signs and marks, conveying information, writing, maps, diagrams
Investigating, Discovering, Analysing, The various environmental, cultural, social, scientific, and historical situations across the ages
Expressing, Personal responses to direct experience
Decorating, Ornamentation, Enhancing or enriching, with understanding of function
Illustrating, Recording , Clear visual presentation, of what they observe and understand
Recognising, The potential for initiation of further development in other areas of learning
STARTING POINTS FOR ACTIVITIES
Remembered Experience Individual Holidays – Bonfire Night – The School Trip.
Secondary Experience, Colour Slides - Photographs - Magazines - Teacher related descriptions or readings
Direct Experience, Observation of plant forms – Shells. familiar objects - Mechanical parts - Local environment
Problem Solving, Designing and making situations - Teacher set limitations.
Media Experience and Techniques, Sgraffito - Wax resist - Oil on water - bubble prints - blown ink
Generally speaking Primary School Teachers have all the personal skills to teach both Art and Design Technology, so what makes a successful teacher in these subject areas.?