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Teaching Visual Arts in the UK and France

Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 June 2010
9.45 – 16.00, Monday 14 June (registration from 9.15)
9.30 – 15.00, Tuesday 15 June
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London – Monday 14 June
The French Institute, London – Tuesday 15 June

This two day conference, hosted at The Courtauld Institute of Art and The French Institute, London investigated the way visual arts are taught and brought to life in Britain and in France.

Panels, composed of both French and British specialists, discussed contemporary stakes in art history, art education and cultural outreach to schools and higher education. Speakers included school teachers, researchers and university lecturers, as well as artists, gallery educators and cultural leaders from both countries.

Guest speakers included: Dr Christopher Breward, Head of Research, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Ian Middleton, Her Majesty’s Inspector and Dr Philippe Bordes, Head of Research, INHA, Paris.

Download conference programme

Below are some PDFs of the presentations and discussions which took place over the two days.

Monday 14th June – The Courtauld Institute of Art

SESSION 1: General overview of visual arts education in both French and British contexts

John Steers (National Society for Education in Art & Design), Arts Education in Britain since the 18th Century

François-René Martin (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts), Arts Education in France since the 18th Century

Cécile Doustaly (CICC, Civilisations et identités culturelles comparées des sociétés européennes et occidentales, Université de Cergy-Pontoise), Growing Similarities in Cultural and Educational Contexts
 Cecile Doustaly’s paper

SESSION 2: How Best To Teach Visual Arts? – Chair: Marie Muracciole (independent art critic, formerly from Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume)

• At university level:
Philippe Bordes (INHA, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art), Visual Studies and the French Academic Tradition

Christopher Breward (Victoria & Albert Museum), Visual Studies and British Tradition

Andrew Dewdney (London South Bank University), Which subjects Are Still Neglected or Disregarded?
 Andrew Dewdney’s paper

 ‘How best to teach visual arts at university level’ Questions and Answers

• In schools:
Henri De Rohan Csermak (Ministère de l’Education Nationale), The current practice of visual arts in schools – what should “Arts Histories” cover in the French Curriculum?
 Henri De Rohan Csermak’s abstract

Ian Middleton (Her Majesty’s Inspector), Drawing together: art, craft and design in schools in England

Richard Plummer (Tiffin School) The Balance Between Practice and Theory, The Example of Applied Arts

Irene Baldriga (ANISA – Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti di Storia dell’Arte
Roma), Beyond pure-visuality. Critical approach, cultural heritage and the issue of competences in Italian art history teaching.
 Irene Baldringa’s paper

 Transcription for this session’s ‘How best to teach visual arts in schools’ Questions and Answers

SESSION 3: Gallery Education: A Major Partner For Schools – Chair: Philippe Bordes (INHA, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art)

Sophie Orlando (CIRHAC, Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Legitimacy of Gallery Education in Britain
 Sophie Orlando’s paper
 Sophie Orlando’s paper in French

Marie Muracciole (independent art critic, formerly from Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume), Between utopias and marketing plans, the ambiguous situations of education inside the Museum : experimental cooperations between art institutions and the educational world

Andrew Dewdney (London South Bank University), Tate Encounters
 Andrew Dewdney’s paper

Henrietta Hine (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Public Programmes at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Engaging young people

Clive Gray (De Montfort University), Pressure upon Museums Regarding Education Matters?
 Clive Gray’s presentation

Céline Kopp (Ecole du Louvre; Royal College of Art), Relationship Between Curators and Art Historians

Christopher Barnett (Whitgift school), School and Curating: “The Hidden Treasures of the Mary Rose”

Tuesday 15th June – The French Institute

SESSION 1: Visual Arts and Cross Curricular Approaches to Education – Chair: Clive Gray (De Montfort University)

Régis Malet (Université Lille III), Dissimilar Educational Cultures: Corporatism. Cross Curricular Teaching and Partnerships. Why is Cooperation so Important?

• How best to implement partnerships and cross curricular teaching?
John Steers (National Society for Education in Art & Design), Cross Curricular Dimension in the National Curriculum
 John Steer’s presentation transcription

Henri De Rohan Csermak (Ministère de l’Education Nationale), Making “Arts Histories” a compulsory subject in the French curriculum
 Henri De Rohan Csermak’s presentation transcript

• Examples of cross curricular programmes in schools and museum education
Alice Odin (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Jean-Philippe Bottin (Institut Français), The Courtauld Institute’s “Regarde!” and “Le Français par les peintres”
 Alice Odin’s presentation

Dinah Kelly (Freelance Artist and Gallery Educator) “Maths and Islamic Art”
Dinah Kelly’s presentation
 Dinah Kelly’s presentation transcript

Gabriel Vacher (NewVic College), “Schemes of Work” in NewVic College
 Gabriel Vacher’s paper

Transcription for this session’s ‘Visual arts and cross curricular approaches to education’ Questions and Answers

SESSION 2: Training Visual Arts Teachers in France And Britain – Chair: John Steers (National Society for Education in Art & Design)

Alain Kerlan (Université Lyon II) and Lesley Butterworth (National Society for Education in Art & Design) – Comparing Initial and Continuing Training in Both Countries and Training Teachers for Partnerships (with Galleries, artists…)
 Alain Kerlan’s paper 

Penny Jones (engage – Watch this Space) – Introducing teachers to contemporary art in galleries
 Penny Jones’ presentation

 Transcription for this session’s ‘Training Visual Arts Teachers in France and in Britain’ Questions and Answers

SESSION 3: Training Artists and Designers in France and Britain – Chair: Anne Béchard Léauté (Université of Saint Etienne)

Anne Béchard Léauté (Université of Saint Etienne) and Charlie Arnold (Design Curator) –
The 10ºN/10ºS project
 Anne Béchard Léauté and Charlie Arnold’s paper

Many thanks to Katie Faulkner and Juliet Brown for their assistance in editing, formatting and publishing these conference papers.

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