'Download': 'Postcards Home' Contemporary Art and New Technology in the Primary School

Herne, Steve. 2005. 'Download': 'Postcards Home' Contemporary Art and New Technology in the Primary School. International Journal Of Art & Design Education, 24(1), pp. 5-19. ISSN 1476-8062 [Article]

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'Postcards Home' using photography, scanning, digital image manipulation, text and colour printing was the third 'Download' project devised by the education department of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England. It was led by artist Laurie Long with teachers and pupils from Pooles Park primary school in Islington, an inner city borough in North London. Based on the production of a postcard featuring an image of personal significance, the children were involved in exploring and constructing their own and others' identities whilst developing their technology skills in creative ways. The project raises interesting questions about the applicability of contemporary art practices to the primary classroom. The research is based on participant observation and includes the voices of the artist and teachers involved.

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February 2005Published

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