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Chula Demonstration School’s Award-Winning Innovation – ‘Art History’ Makes Learning ‘Fun’

Newswise – A teacher at the Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Elementary School has created “Art History – The Journey”, an innovative teaching aid for teaching art history dedicated to students in the elementary school students who can practice their reading, listening, practice and play skills while enjoying the art world.

“Because art is not just painting” noted Ajarn Supinya Somta of Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School, Elementary Division, so she developed an innovative learning set, “Art History – The Journey” for students to learn Western art history on their own through games and other fun activities. Recently, it received an outstanding innovation award from Thailand Research Expo 2021.

The Origin of Innovative Art History Learning Materials for Elementary School Students

Ajarn Supinya recounted the art class experience that sparked this outstanding learning innovation concept saying that “when we gave examples of certain artists’ work for them to copy and study artists’ techniques , students would be interested in the origins of art and artists. So we experimented with offering an optional course on a brief history of art through a lecture. We found that children were interested in know more about the art, so we later developed a learning kit that is more activity-based.”

Ajarn Supinya Somta

Teaching the history of disciplinary art to primary school students

Most elementary school art classes don’t teach art history but tend to focus on making art. However, “Art History, The Journey” pushes the boundaries of traditional art education. Ajarn Supinya explained that learning to draw is just one of the four cores of discipline-based art education, which is to

1. Artistic aesthetics
2. History of art
3. Art criticism
4. Artistic production

“Before creating a work of art, learners should have understanding and skills in all four basic disciplines to get the most out of it,” said Ajarn Supinya.

Art history course

For “History of art, the journey”, the children will learn the history of Western art in six periods: prehistoric, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, medieval, modern and contemporary.

“Western art history is quite rich and the content can be arranged chronologically for ease of understanding. Moreover, studying Western history will allow children to see different cultures and compare the differences of Western culture with their own,” explained Ajarn Supinya.

“But what is more important than memorizing the names or works of each era is to make children understand how the art of each era has different concepts and origins, and to make them understand that the art is not just an image, but it is the ideology of the people of that era.

Set of learning activities “History of art”

Ajarn Supinya explained that every child has a different learning style, so the Art History, The Journey Learning Kit is designed to meet the diverse needs of learners with the following activities.

Book “History of art”

focuses on cartoon images and adventure stories. Besides a book form, a digital flip-book format is also available for those who prefer to read online by scanning the QR code.

  • Online course
    take students on a 3D tour of art museums that will lead to more interesting research.
  • Matching card game
    is a game of association of works of art in their time. In addition to learning to play the game on their own, teachers can also use the game to enhance classroom interaction.
  • Set of artistic experiments
    For learners who enjoy hands-on practice, this activity set offers art activities at the end of the chapter with art supplies for practice. For example, the Prehistoric Art Set contains sample rock paintings that students can learn about and experiment with rock paintings using the supplies provided.


“This innovation meets the needs of each learner. People who like to listen can enable video clips. Those who like to read can turn to the book. Those who like to play games also play card games. Those who are not interested in content but enjoy practicing the art can do so. Students can learn on their own without the help of the teacher,” said Ajarn Supinya while adding that she plans to add Asian art history content for students to learn more. and have fun.