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ERIC Number: EJ1101405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1550-5170
Children as Artists: The Preschool as a Community of Creative Practice
Cutcher, Alexandra; Boyd, Wendy
Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, v13 n1 p5-17 2016
Picasso once famously said "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." This visual inquiry is engaged through a community of creative practice in two rural children's centers where the researchers along with 4- and 5-year-old children collaborated to create a large-scale canvas and several smaller artworks developed from the children's shared interests. By investigating the site where uninhibited and intuitive creative practice is expressed--that of early childhood education--the authors explored such questions as "What can we learn from the art making of young children?" and "Why is this important?" In this visual essay, it is recognized that children are indeed artists, rather than merely children who enjoy painting; issues of practice are explored and honored. It is further acknowledged that children are also theorists, experimenting again and again as learning occurs; they are also often our teachers. Collaborating with children as a community of embodied artists honors their creative authority.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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