"The artist is not a special type of human being, but every human being is a special type of artist." (Art Scholar Ananda Coomaraswamy) Jonny Watson's PS article ( Sept 2014) nails the problem with regard to 'education' in general. The affirmation of the individual is the sine qua non. That is what education ought to be about in art... or anything else. You treat kids as God's children of infinite worth and there is a chance you may give them a regard for themselves and others against which no amount of cultural brainwashing via media or television will prevail. Much of what passes for culture is about who we think we are, imagine we are or want others to imagine we are. Continue reading
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