ERIC Number: ED276664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Art in a First Grade Classroom.
Karlstad, Maureen Synk
Insights, v19 n2 Oct 1986
Imagination is central to our ability to understand reality. Parents and teachers should foster creative processes which facilitate the development of imagination in children. Expensive equipment or artistic expertise is not necessary to help children develop their imaginations. Instead, it is more important for teachers to allow children the time to indulge in the creative process. Suggestions for helping create an effective art environment are given. First, allow children to help plan sessions. A chance to assist in structuring the environment gives them a valuable sense of control over what they are doing and makes the creative process more meaningful. Second, set up a non-competitive atmosphere which values self-expression and description. Try to make art meaningful by supporting each child's individual style. Third, focus on the affective aspects of creativity. Curiosity, openness to experience, self-confidence, and use of imagination are primary affective aspects of the creative process. Fourth, observe children with a research frame of mind. A heightened sense of awareness allows for observation of connections, patterns, and insights which help teachers understand children. Fourteen references of books which promote creativity are included. (SY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.