Great list Christopher. I’ve been thinking recently that concentrating on the kind of skills in your list is much more useful than teaching hands-on crafting skills at art school. It’s different for everybody of course, but I bet a sizeable proportion of graduates end up in work in which they don’t use the skills they learned at college. So why not have college be a place where students acquire a broad base of skills like those you list and a variety of others, leaving more of the hand-son skills to be learned on the job during the rest of their lives?
I’m not 100% convinced of this yet and, as I say, it’s certainly not right for everyone, but I think it changes slightly how we think of the purpose of art schools.
24 November 2007.
Good lord, that was at sixth form!? You look amazingly young, especially David!
27 November 2007.
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