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Hiddenstream art forms: the bridge between theory and practice

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At a time when values in mainstream art are being questioned, studying traditional art forms could contribute to Portuguese teachers knowing what these values are in general and, in particular, how they operate in hiddenstream art forms. Art theory and practice in Portugal are still controlled and guided by an institutional, financial power structure in which women are barely represented. This article reports the findings of researches into clay figurines in Galegos and the teaching of Portuguese patrimony that were underpinned by the desire to engage with multicultural curriculumreform. As a consequence, we argue that there is a need for extensive reflectionon and debate about the meaning of traditional values and standards throughout Portuguese education, particularly with regard to the unconscious application of social dichotomies such as mainstream and hiddenstream arts, and that art teacher training needs to play the key role in art educational reform.

Keywords: art; clay figurines; curriculum; gender; life story

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Instituto Superior Politcnico Viana do Castelo. 2: Cruz Minho University

Publication date: 2005-12-01

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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