Drawing and Painting: Children and Visual Representation / Edition 2

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Overview

This book has been revised to reflect recent developments in early childhood education, in developmental psychology and in our understanding of children's development in the arts. The author shows how this new model of children's development in visual representation has important implications for education. The author examines children's development in visual expression and suggests how this development might be supported. The book takes issue with the inherited wisdom about children's development in visual representation. The traditional approach describes children's development in terms of supposed deficits in which children progress from 'primitive' earlier stages to 'superior' ones, until the 'defects' in their representational thinking are overcome and they arrive at an endpoint of 'visual realism'. This approach is the pervasive influence on curricular planning, in arts education and in early years education. The author explains recent different models of development in visual expression. Instead of measuring children's efforts against an adult paradigm, the new models identify the modes of representation used by children as consequences of children's own intentions, motivations and priorities. The writing is accessible and assumes no specialist knowledge of psychological theory, art, its history or interpretation. This book is essential reading for early childhood educators, at nursery and pre-school level, for other professionals who work with very young children and parents, as well as students and tutors on early years courses. This is a revised edition of Helping Children to Draw and Paint: Children and Visual Representation, originally published in 1994.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761947868
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/22/2003
  • Series: Zero to Eight Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Painting in Action
Actions, Skills and Meaning
The Beginning of Painting and Drawing
Movement into Shape
Seeing and Knowing
Space and Time
The Origin of Literacy
Young Children Learn to Read
Children Begin to Show Depth in their Drawings
Why Do Many Children Give Up Drawing and Painting?
What Can We Do to Help?
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