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ERIC Number: EJ1168788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-8062
Imitative or Iconoclastic? How Young Children Use Ready-Made Images in Digital Art
Sakr, Mona; Connelly, Vincent; Wild, Mary
International Journal of Art & Design Education, v37 n1 p41-52 Feb 2018
Digital art-making tends to foreground the inclusion of ready-made images in children's art. While some lament children's use of such images, suggesting that they constrain creativity and expression, others have argued that ready-made digital materials offer children the opportunity to create innovative and potentially iconoclastic artefacts through processes of "remix" and "mash-up". In order to further this debate, observations are needed to explore the different ways that children use ready-made images in their digital art and the various purposes that these images can serve. Adopting a social semiotic perspective, this article offers an in-depth examination of five episodes of 4-5 year-olds' digital art-making that collectively demonstrate the diversity of approaches that young children take towards the inclusion of ready-made images in their digital art-making. The article discusses these findings in relation to suggestions for what adults can do to support children to adopt a playful and critically aware approach to the use of ready-made images in digital art-making.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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