Occurrence of artistic creativity in primary education: the influence of art education projects

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Despite a more prominent role in school curriculum, primary school teachers pay little attention to creativity within artistic education. More opportunities for teachers to strengthen their know-how in the field of artistic creativity, are needed. Art education projects, by introducing artist into primary schools, focus on pupils' development of creativity by means of divergent working methods. Beside fostering pupils' creative openness and skills art education organisations have to transfer artistic enthusiasm to teachers in each project. Collaboration with artists encourages teachers' artistic creative work. New working methods, techniques or ways of experimenting are only adopted in daily teaching practice when project duration consists of a minimum of five years (on average). However, most projects are short-lived and the means for a long-term project policy are limited, consequently, the evidence in the area of sustainable outcomes concerning artistic creative work with teachers is somewhat limited. To create a long-term view the availability of financial resources is an important condition in order to realise a mentality change towards artistic creativity in education. Finally, continuing debate with several participants about making artistic creative work sustainable remains necessary.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConferentie Onderzoek in Cultuureducatie 2009, Zwolle
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2009
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009


  • Art education
  • Artistic creativity
  • Primary school teachers
  • Artist


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