When We Were Young: New Perspectives on the Art of the Child / Edition 1

When We Were Young: New Perspectives on the Art of the Child / Edition 1

by Jonathan Fineberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520250435

ISBN-13: 9780520250437

Pub. Date: 08/07/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

In his last and most overarching essay on the subject, Rudolf Arnheim encourages us to see the range of individuality in children's drawings and to recognize the child's creation of "significant form" as a way of bringing coherence to his or her experience of the world. This groundbreaking book brings together distinguished critics and scholars, including Rudolf

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In his last and most overarching essay on the subject, Rudolf Arnheim encourages us to see the range of individuality in children's drawings and to recognize the child's creation of "significant form" as a way of bringing coherence to his or her experience of the world. This groundbreaking book brings together distinguished critics and scholars, including Rudolf Arnheim, to explore children's art and its profound but rarely documented history. The contributors address central questions of how children use art to make sense of their experience and what really constitutes visual "giftedness" in children. They also cover such topics as visual thinking, the influence of popular culture on children's drawings, giftedness versus education in children's drawings, process, and social interaction in drawing. Created to accompany an exhibition on children's drawings, When We Were Young features a stunning full-color gallery of drawings both by famous artists such as
Ingres, Van Gogh, Picasso, Miró, and Klee when they were children and by extraordinary "ordinary" children. An annotated chronology, with synopses and more than a thousand scholarly notes, offers a comprehensive survey of the literature and history of child art from the thirteenth century to the present.

Essays by Rudolf Arnheim, Jonathan Fineberg, Misty S. Houston, Olga Ivashkevich, Christine Marmé Thompson, and Elizabeth Hutton Turner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250437
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/07/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jay Gates and Richard Herman
Acknowledgments by Jonathan Fineberg and Kathleen T. Harleman


Introduction: Gifts of Seeing
Jonathan Fineberg

Beginning with the Child
Rudolf Arnheim

The “Ket Aesthetic”: Visual Culture in Childhood
Christine Marmé Thompson

Drawing in Children’s Lives
Olga Ivashkevich

The Early Drawings of Louis XIII in the Journal de Jean Héroard
Misty S. Houston

“Animal Sketching”: Aspects of Drawing and Play in Early Calder
Elizabeth Hutton Turner

Child’s Play and the Origins of Art
Jonathan Fineberg

Gallery

Children’s Art: An Annotated Chronology by Jonathan Fineberg, Olga Ivashkevich, and Mysoon Rizk


Index

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