Connection Between Slovenian Primary School and Public Art Museums

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Connection Between Slovenian Primary School and Public Art Museums
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Metoda Kemperl, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Institutional partnership is one of the pedagogical challenges facing today's theory and practice. Among these institutions, special attention should be paid to museums, which J. Dewey included in his educational philosophy. In the Slovenian educational system, the importance of institutional partnerships is not sufficiently emphasized. Since the museum is one of the most important spaces for the esthetic experience of masterpieces, we are interested in how Slovenian elementary schools are connected to art museums and form a learning community. In our analysis of the art education curriculum, we found that it does not mention a single specific work of art. The curriculum is divided into areas of artistic creation (e.g. designing on a plane), while the concepts to be learned are purely theoretical (e.g. contrast). One of the didactic recommendations of the curriculum is that the teacher should visit an exhibition in a gallery or museum with the students at least once a year so that they can gain a deeper understanding of artistic creation. Therefore, we were interested in how the textbooks for this subject motivate students to visit museums and how Slovenian public art collections are presented in these textbooks. The analysis revealed that the textbooks contain many reproductions of masterpieces. In all cases, the artworks are used only as a means of illustrating art theory concepts (e.g., shading). Very few of these works are exhibited in Slovenian public museums. The textbooks do not promote authentic art experience and show no desire for inter-institutional collaboration.

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