Art and Creative Development for Young Children / Edition 5

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This text gives educators the theory, research, and resources needed for creative development with young children. This book includes expanded coverage on developmentally appropriate curriculum to keep you in accordance with NAEYC guidelines, and current topics including multiculturalism and anti-bias to give readers access to the latest insights in teaching concerns and issues. This book has all the resources you need to help foster your students' creativity through art.
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Editorial Reviews

Written for adults working with young children, and for students preparing for careers in elementary education, this textbook and guide takes a child-centered approach to art education. It outlines developmentally appropriate practices, with attention to matters like safety, cultural diversity, special needs, and the role of technology in the lives of children. Activities and resource lists are included. Schirrmacher teaches at San Jose City College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This text is well rounded and appropriate for the creative arts course at our college. My reason for choosing it is it is very visual, summarizes the content well and touches more deeply on holistic education. For the most part, I am really impressed with the variety of activities as well as the list of materials developed to inspire the creative process." - Susan M. Baxter, M Ed., El Camino Community College, California

"I think this edition shows great enlightenment in all sections, including Creativity, Young Children as Artist, Art & Aesthetics, Providing Art Experiences, and Roles and Strategies. The layout of the chapters are appropriate for instruction and this text is user friendly. There is not anything missing that comes to my attention." - Audrey W. Beard, Ed.D., Jackson State University, Georgia

" I like the open-ended activities designed for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners and school-age children. I like that the activities (called "hint") are ideas, not step-by-step directions or a "recipe" approach to teaching art." - Nancy W. Wiltz, Ph.D., Towson University, Maryland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401872618
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/8/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Schirrmacher was an instructor with the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. He received his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois. His experience includes teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade as well as teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. He has assisted in Montessori schools and directed programs for young children. Dr. Schirrmacher has served as a consultant to parent groups and public and private early childhood programs. As an advocate for developmentally appropriate education and quality care for young children, he has been involved in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Jill Englebright Fox is a professor of early childhood education and the Director of Assessment at the University of Houston-¬Victoria. After teaching kindergarten and first grade in the Texas public schools for eight years, she received her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Texas. She continues to be active in early childhood classrooms as a volunteer, a professional consultant, a researcher, and a teacher educator.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Understanding creativity 3
Ch. 2 Creative thinking 22
Ch. 3 Creative experiences 37
Ch. 4 Art and the developing child 79
Ch. 5 Children's artistic development 107
Ch. 6 The elements of art 141
Ch. 7 Aesthetics 162
Ch. 8 Sensory experiences 179
Ch. 9 The complete early childhood art program 200
Ch. 10 Child-centered art vs. teacher-directed projects 219
Ch. 11 Planning, implementing, and evaluating art 242
Ch. 12 Integrating art across the early childhood curriculum 268
Ch. 13 The art center 288
Ch. 14 Art experiences through technology 307
Ch. 15 Roles, responses and strategies to support children's art 325
Ch. 16 Art assessment 342
App Artistic junk
App Where to go in your local community for artistic junk
App Resources for young children with special needs
App National standards for arts education
App Multicultural picture books
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