Thursday, January 30, 2014

Herbert Read: Art education and citizenship

"That is why I believe that art is so much more significant than either economics or philosophy. It is the direct measure of man's spiritual vision"

-- Herbert Read (1893–1968)

We found an interesting post about Herbert Read, an English anarchist, poet, and critic of literature and art. In his 1943 book "Education through Art", Read argued that art should be the basis of education, and his ideas were taken forward by other educators in the post-war period.

"Read believed that no other subject could give the child an instinctive knowledge of the laws of the universe, and enable them to behave in harmony with nature...Read built on this by describing the aim of education as the creation of artists. He identified the artist as the ideal type of citizen, giving a broad definition of artists as people who are efficient in the various modes of expression and saying that every man is a special kind of artist with their own moments of spontaneous development or originating activity...Read stated that art is central to the processes of perception, thought and bodily action, and provides a governing mechanism for life and civilisation, saying that life itself is aesthetic..." -- read full post on Pictures for Schools blog HERE

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