The Literacy in Visual Arts: A view about Elementary School Curriculum in Portugal

By Ricardo Reis.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This will be a short descriptive summary on literacy development in arts together with an analysis on the essential skills of elementary school in Portugal. The aim of this article is to talk about the concept of literacy according to three different view points: the first relates to the general concept and we will try to define visual literacy and multi-literacies; the second relates to literacy in arts and refers to the specification of the concept, its origins and development; finally, the third point refers to literacy in visual arts, its importance and theoretical support. We also intend to analyse the essential skills of visual education of the Ministry of Education in order to understand how they contribute to the development of literacy in visual arts.

Keywords: Visual Arts, Literacy in Arts, Portuguese Curriculum

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.317-328. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.270MB).

Prof. Ricardo Reis

Teacher, Researcher, Research Centre for Identity(ies) and Diversity(ies), CIID – Identity(ies) and Diversity(ies) Research Centre of Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Lisboa, Portugal

Ricardo Reis is currently teacher of Visual Education and Technology in Portuguese public school and master degree in Art Education by Fine Arts Faculty of University of Lisbon. He has been a teacher’s trainer in didactics of Visual Arts. He is an associated of InSEA, member of APECV (Association of Teachers of Visual Expression and Communication), ANAE (National Association of Education and Edutainment) and co-editor of IN-Visbilidades: Ibero American Visual Cultural Education Research Journal (it’s about to be published). He has some publications in journals about art education and he has done presentations in national and international conferences.


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