From the creator of the bestselling Anti-Coloring Book® series more than 600,000 copies sold an inspiring guide to encouraging creativity in preschool-age children.
Young at Art is the first and only comprehensive book for a general readership about the nature, value, and impact of art on very young children. Directed toward parents and educators of one- to five-year-olds, Susan Striker explains why children's art is not a frill but the very foundation upon which all later fundamental skills are built. She drives home the idea that encouraging children's artistic growth will have beneficial effects on all other aspects of their emotional and intellectual development.
At the core of this practical guide is the understanding that art is an important tool in teaching young children crucial concepts related to self-expression, reading, and writing. Striker stresses that scribbling and free-drawing experiments are the most important art activities in which a child can engage, as opposed to more structured exercises, such as coloring on dittos and underlining pictures in workbooks.
Young at Art provides instructions for age-appropriate art activities, along with tips for carrying them out safely, and helps parents recognize what a child's art work should look like at each stage of development. With Young at Art, parents will develop realistic expectations for their children's work, learn how to speak to their children about their art, and facilitate skills well beyond their creativity that will benefit children.
Guidelines for Teaching Creative Art
Let go of your own expectations of how an art project should be completed and let the child's imagination decide how the art materials should be used.
Don't ask "What is it?" or "What are you making?" What is not as important as how it is being made.
Encourage a child to come up with many different solutions to problems, rather than only one correct answer.
Do not rush a child to the next level of development.
Author Biography: Susan Striker has been an art educator for more than 25 years, and currently teaches elementary-school art in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the recipient of Connecticut's Celebration of Excellence Award for Creativity in the Classroom and has been named a Distinguished Teacher by the Greenwich Public Schools. In addition to the Anti-Coloring Book® series, she is the author of Please Touch. She lives in Easton, Connecticut.
|Publisher:||Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 - Drawing,
CHAPTER 2 - Painting,
CHAPTER 3 - Printing,
CHAPTER 4 - Paper,
CHAPTER 5 - Sculpture,
CHAPTER 6 - Exploring Color,
CHAPTER 7 - Exploring Shapes and Art Concepts,
CHAPTER 8 - Birthday Parties and Group Activities,
CHAPTER 9 - Books About Art for Children,
CHAPTER 10 - Songs About Art,
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Appendix 1 - Art Concepts,
Appendix 2 - Art Supplies,
Appendix 3 - Art Suppliers,
About the Author,