Thinking in three dimensions : how do young children engage with modern sculpture?
Galloway, Sheila, Shalgosky, Sarah and Lloyd-Smith, Mel. (2009) Thinking in three dimensions : how do young children engage with modern sculpture? The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol.3 (No.6). pp. 43-56. ISSN 1833-1866Full text not available from this repository.
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Sculpture trails offer learning opportunities and foster engagement with contemporary art although we know little about how this happens in practice. In the second half of the twentieth century the UK has seen a whole hearted civic embrace of public art through regeneration projects and other agencies. Three dimensional work on open display is accessible to all, not just to those people who are at ease in galleries. Meanwhile, curriculum time for creative subjects has been under great pressure. Research has shown the scarcity of primary teachers with specialist training in the visual arts. Sculpture trails promise ‘Education Outside the Classroom’ but many teachers express a lack of confidence when dealing with contemporary art. How do young people learn to engage with the works they will encounter in their communities?
A University of Warwick research team has compiled a directory of sculpture trails in England. We investigated primary schools’ experience of visiting a sculpture trail, focusing on the learning and development of pupils, teachers, and visual arts professionals. What do such visits offer young pupils? What do they offer teachers? How can a sculpture trail best exploit the learning opportunities? This research is also located against developing concepts of gallery education. Funded by Arts Council England, the project uses case studies of established sculpture collections catering for school groups and in-depth studies of Midlands schools which visited the University of Warwick’s Sculpture Trail in 2007. This article concentrates on the immediate responses of young children to modern sculpture in open settings.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR)
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Sculpture, Modern -- Study and teaching (Primary), Sculpture, Modern -- Social aspects, Arts and children, Arts and society, Public sculpture|
|Journal or Publication Title:||The International Journal of the Arts in Society|
|Page Range:||pp. 43-56|
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