ERIC Number: ED489841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Children as Illustrators: Making Meaning Through Art and Language
Thompson, Susan C.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Art and literacy experiences can be integrated into the classroom to great effect, and in this book, the author demonstrates that. Interpreting and creating pictorial representations is an important step on the road to literacy, as is experimenting with combinations of symbols and text. When teachers value and support children's symbolic expression and communication, children respond and gain in confidence. This engaging book is a joyous exploration of visual expression combined with writing and reading. Included are instructions for more than two dozen printing, painting, collage, and other techniques that children will enjoy learning and using in their illustrations. The following chapters are included: (1) Understanding Children as Creative Beings; (2) Connecting Children's Art with Literacy and Language Development; (3) Learning from Adult Illustrators and Artists; (4) Extending the Learning through Reflection and Revision; and (5) Illustration Techniques and Activities. Lists of the following resources are also included: references; children's literature cited; websites and organizations; and further reading. Appended is: Developmental Benchmarks and Stages for Ages 4-8.
Descriptors: Art Education, Art Activities, Creativity, Literacy Education, Language Acquisition, Painting (Visual Arts), Illustrations, Young Children, Child Language
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.