chapter  1
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Introducing Art and Design Education

Teaching art is one of the perks of being a primary school teacher. It brings delight to the children and adults alike, enabling them to celebrate ingenuity, inventiveness, and creativity through the making and viewing of works of art. We write at a time of uncertainty about the role of art and arts education in the primary sector, so it is with some ambivalence that we open this chapter by quoting at length one of the most powerful statements we have read in support of the arts in schools, from a recent OFSTED publication .