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Modernism and reforms in contemporary Ghanaian art education

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This study addresses the issues of art, art education and globalization and its implications for reforms in art education in Ghana. It examines the hold colonial education has had over art and its education in Ghana. In Ghana, there is scepticism among artists and art educators who appear to be at ease with western traditional formats and media, with relics of colonial arts education epitomized by ‘hand and eye’ training by rote. The study contextualizes art education and incorporates historical, regional, and global perspectives to dissect the intersections between Ghanaian art education and other contexts. Discussions revealed the need to design a curriculum that affords students and teachers a better understanding of the colonial education system, its objectives and implications, highlighting the need to embrace and utilize a wide range of media, formats and criticality of content which ought to penetrate teaching, learning and making art at all levels.
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Keywords: Ghana; art education; colonial education; contemporary art; format; modernism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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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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