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ERIC Number: EJ1046939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Creating Meaningful Art Museum Experiences for Young Children: Discussions with Future Art Teachers
Szekely, Ilona
Art Education, v67 n4 p34-39 Jul 2014
This article addresses concerns with museum spaces set aside for children to make interactive art, unconnected to the museum experience upstairs. Can the fun and excitement children have in making and exploring art through direct experiences in these alternative spaces take place in front of the works in the collection? The attraction of children's alternative places is the opportunity provided for hands-on engagement with art; these spaces can become a model for approaching the galleries upstairs, helping children to become co-investigators of art in the museum space. For young children, the museum experience should be active, playful, and empowering, a visit that is requested again and again. Although it is fun to create and play in special places designed for children, future museum audiences need to get used to being in the museum so that the art itself becomes fun and engaging.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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