We must teach visual language
Expression and aesthetics are essential to art production and appreciation. If these qualities are marginalised in the assessment criteria, teachers will be forced to concentrate on documentation at the expense of artistic activity and art lessons will become arid academic exercises that will turn off students and waste their talents.
Ironically, with the growth of information technology, web design and 3D animation, the requirement for creative people with a command of a visual aesthetic language is growing and art courses that fail to develop these skills will not do our young people any favours in the jobs market.
P Bryan 17 George Street Bedford, Bedfordshire