ERIC Number: EJ705538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-1
Reference Count: N/A
School Arts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v104 n1 p41 Sep 2004
In this article, the author discusses how parents can be involved in a developmentally appropriate art program for very young children. "Art Playgroup," a program for children ages two to five and their parents is one suggestion. Operating under the auspices of DTA Center for Learning & Growing, a nonprofit in Ellsworth, Maine, DTA received a grant from the Francis R. Dewing Foundation that enabled them to purchase art supplies, hire visiting artists, and provide scholarship funds to families. The program provides an opportunity for young children to participate in developmentally appropriate experiences with a variety of art media. Through modeling, handouts, direct teaching, and hands-on experiences, children and their parents learn how to approach artwork and use art materials. The curriculum is based on developmental stages. The small group contains five to six children, each with a parent or caregiver. There is always an art educator leading the group, and sometimes a second early childhood specialist to help with the flow and talk to parents. The group meets once a week for two hours, and all participants make a commitment to come for a six-week session. Parents learn how their children use art materials, what they prefer, and how children develop in art.
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Developmental Stages, Young Children, Art Activities, Parent Participation, Art Education, Art Materials
Davis Publications, Inc., 50 Portland St., Worcester, MA 01608. Web site: http://www.davis-art.com.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine