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Learning to paint: a case study of a school of fine art

By H Sleigh


The project was an attempt to explore various forms of\ud transmission and acquisition involved in socialisation into fine\ud art. It involved an intense study of the Slade School of Fine Art,\ud in which fine art is the only subject offered to the undergratuate\ud students. It was possible to distinguish four modes or approaches\ud to the learning of fine art. Each mode was considered to entail a\ud specific concept of art which entailed a specific structure of\ud transmission and acquisition. The concept of classification was used\ud to distinguish the conception of art and the concept framing was used\ud to distinguish the different structures of transmission/acquisition.\ud The analysis of the interviews of the staff revealed a relatively\ud strong orientation to three of the four modes. The analysis of the\ud students' interviews tended to show that individual students switched\ud their orientation across the four years of the course. An important\ud part of the study was an exploration of the explicit and implicit\ud criteria staff were using and the extent to which these were understood\ud by the students. A major focus of the analysis was upon the particular\ud form of vulnerability experienced as a consequence of the students'\ud orientation to a particular mode. Although the numbers in the sample\ud are small and the study is confined to only one institution it is hoped\ud that some light has been thrown upon forms of transmission/acquisition\ud where hierarchical relationships are implicit

Year: 1975
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