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The aesthetic theories of Roger Fry : their significance for art education in the primary school

Robinson, Gillian Diana. (1989) The aesthetic theories of Roger Fry : their significance for art education in the primary school. PhD thesis, Institute of Education, University of London.

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ABSTRACT: This thesis concerns the revolutionary aesthetic theories of Roger Fry. These theories, propounded in his essays and lecture notes, letters and notebooks, are concerned with such salient aspects as: 1. The value of children's art. 2. Teachers' attitudes to children's vision and intention. 3. A recognition of the importance of creating the right conditions to enable children to achieve their full creative potential. Most importantly, the research engages primary school children aged 5- 11 in art activities based upon these theories. The research is therefore practical work carried out in the light of theory. Each theoretical chapter has a praxis counterpart. Part 1 examines four main themes in Roger Fry's writing which affected art education at the turn of this century and which the writer feels have value for art education at the present time. They are Fry's recognition of the significance of primitive art, which gave rise to his theories of modern art. This in turn influenced Fry's views concerning the value of children's art and, consequently, beliefs regarding the teaching of art. Part 2 is the response of primary school children; their interaction with the theories of Fry and their art-making activities resulting from these encounters. -3- The practical outcome is new perspectives: 1. An awareness of the need to value and nurture children's personal vision - their 'unique individual quality'. 2. From children's recorded evaluation and discussion, a recognition of the importance of children's own views concerning their art-making and the art-making of some adults. 3. New material for stimulus/starting points for art and the means whereby children can come to a wider understanding of visual art. 4. A reappraisal of the role of the teacher as one who, relating to the child's unique

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