The academic/non-academic gap in children’s art education

In this post I consider the gap between academics/non-academics in children's art education. A contestable claim but something I believe is worthy of further discussion. I reflect upon my experience of moving from working as a full-time learning curator in an art museum to full-time PhD researcher and what I have learnt along the way. 

Bruno Munari: “inventor, artist, writer designer, architect, illustrator and player-with-children”

This post explores the work of the late Italian artist, Bruno Munari (1907-1998). Munari was a self-proclaimed 'inventor artist writer designer architect illustrator player-with-children' (The Independent, 1998) whose creative practice intertwined with the education philosophies of Jean Piaget and Maria Montessori. 

Carl Rogers on learning to be free

This post investigates the book chapter Learning to be free by the late American humanistic psychologist, Carl Rogers. The chapter was written in 1967, two years before his well-known 'Freedom to Learn' was published. Learning to be free explores the notion that human 'congruency' and curiosity serves as a catalyst for growth, empathy and understandings between oneself and the world. Rogers argues that these emerge from interconnected relationships between an individual's freedom from things and freedom to choose and be.