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ERIC Number: EJ776617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Children Learn to Think and Create through Art
Loomis, Kathleen; Blumenthal, Rachel; Lewis, Catharine
Young Children, v62 n5 p79-83 Sep 2007
In Kathleen Loomis's preschool classroom at the Bennington College Early Childhood Center, the goal for children is not to produce beautiful and expressive artworks or to learn specific methods of working with art media--although those things do happen. Here, the curriculum is built around the philosophy that learning to think and create with art materials and forms (like painting, drawing, sculpture, or dance) carries over to all subjects. Art is a discipline that is accessible to all ages and abilities. Kathleen, the teacher, places art at the center of the curriculum. In her classroom, art is not primarily about creating a product, nor is it about craft or technique. It is about thinking and sharing thoughts in a calm, respectful, and productive environment. It is not enough for the children to create art; it is also important that their art be shared in a meaningful way. In this article, the authors describe the process in Kathleen's multiage classroom, from finger paints to watercolors to sculpture, and how creating artworks supports children's emotional growth.
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Language: English
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