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I saw this on my Teacher's Federation newsgroup and thought it might be of
interest, especially to those who are looking for information about the
importance of art education.
VOICES FOR CHILDREN
The Importance of Art and Creative Expression
Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child “recognizes the
right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational
activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely
in cultural life and the arts”. The Convention states that governments
should actively promote this right as well as encourage the provision of
appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational
and leisure activity.
In the Toronto Children’s Charter Article 6 states “all Toronto children
shall be entitled to participate in recreational and leisure activities,
in the form of play, creative expression and skill development
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." A.Einstein
Lowenfield, a noted art educator, identified the different stages of
Ages 2 – 4 years – the scribbling stage is characterized by up and down
movement, with colour not being an important choice, and the names of the
drawings represent the way the child sees the drawing. The experience is
personal and expression follows. The drawings are often characterized by
the big head of the figures.
Ages 4 – 6 years – the preschematic stage as “creative consciousness” in
which the scribbles are controlled and have an identity with a name. Parts
of the drawing maybe exaggerated with the use of unreal colour and size.
Ages 7 – 9 years – the schematic stage as a representation with no
intention of exhibiting an experience. There is more realism, the child is
part of the portrayed environment and there is a use of symbols.
Ages 9 – 11 years, the gang stage is a connection with reality and the
child begins to draw what he/she sees.
Do not draw for the child. When an adult draws for a child, the child is
less likely to be satisfied with his/her own drawings because the child
feels the adult’s drawing must be the correct one. This may reduce
self-confidence and increase frustration as well as reduce a child’s
willingness to take risks.
Do not solely rely on the use of colouring books. They limit the
imagination and the way a child communicates through art.
Use well-illustrated books when reading to children. Having a reference
such as richly illustrated picture books provides a source of imagination
for the child and a point for exploration between child and adult.
Keep it simple, paper and crayons or markers can bring out the imagination
by allowing a child maximum opportunity for free expression.
Do give approval. Encourage your child to talk about the drawing as this
strengthens verbal and cognitive growth.
Do not judge the end product, remember it is the process of creating which
is important for the child.
Do not compare your child’s work with another. Each child has a unique way
of expressing him or herself, it is his or her own personal language or
Do display your child’s art work. This builds self-esteem and confidence.
A place on the fridge or bulletin board can be easy updated with new work.
Invite your child to participate in the display and place at least some
work at the child’s eye level.
KIDZ DRAW www.kidzdraw.com
Is an art web site for children ages 3 –10+. It is a place to draw, create
and have fun! Activities are geared for specific age groups taking into
account developmental stages as well as creative interests. There are
interviews, art projects, art tips, online art gallery where children can
post their art and much more.
Kidzdraw is produced by Ariande Prooductions with Carol Mark.
For more information you can contact Carol Mark at ariaprod
Artists for Kids
International Children’s Art Foundation
How Art Activities Can Be Used To Enhance the Education of Young Children
Hale, Judy; Roy, Joyce, 1996
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