Art education and professional training: The So Paulo Professional School for Women

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This article discusses the relationship between art education and the applied arts in the context of the So Paulo Professional School for Women, inaugurated in 1911. In order to understand the significance of female professional training within the Brazilian educational scenario at the beginning of the twentieth century, it was necessary to examine gender relationships and values in education, arts and industry and manual crafts. In line with Ana Mae Barbosa's ideas, we understand historical revisionism as fundamental to understanding the origins of specific kinds of educational practices, concepts and preconceptions present in art education today.

Keywords: applied arts; art; gender; history; professional training

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: So Paulo State University UNESP, Brazil.

Publication date: March 7, 2007

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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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