A 'Methodist' Intervention in the History of New South Wales Art Education

Year: 2001

Author: Peers, Chris

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This article reports an archival investigation of the history of a rare visual arts education documentary film produced in 1960, under the auspices of the Australian UNESCO Committee for the Visual Arts. ‘Approach to Art Teaching’, was intended to showcase the development of innovative curriculum policies in New South Wales (NSW) art education. Included in UNESCO’s commitment to sponsoring arts education internationally, the film was exhibited in several countries. The paper comments on a debate that led to the film’s producers being dubbed ‘methodists’ in relation to the perception that the film advocated an interventionist model of art teaching. The paper analyses the film as an artefact of changes to the conceptualisation of NSW art education in the early 1960s.