What is it to be an Artist Teacher in England Today?

Alan Thornton


With the continuing development of the Artist Teacher Scheme (ATS) it seems an opportune moment to ask the
question: What is it to be an artist teacher in England today? The term ‘artist teacher’ and the concept it reflects are
initially viewed here in a historical context. A conceptual model based on previous research into the education of
artist teachers is proposed as a response to the ontological question. In this model artist teachers are understood as
individuals committed to personal practice as art makers and art teachers who work predominantly but not
exclusively in the secondary or tertiary sectors of art education. The article concludes by identifying some of the
aims of the ATS and how they relate to art education, particularly in the maintained sector. Also it is proposed that
the model presented could help artist teachers to focus beliefs and practices and that the education system should
support the continuing professional development of these dual practitioners

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/wje.v2n6p39

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World Journal of Education
ISSN 1925-0746(Print)  ISSN 1925-0754(Online)

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