Art Projects for Young Children
This handbook, designed for use with preschool and elementary age children, is based on the premise that the focus of the art program should be upon encouraging children to create art as a way of expressing feelings and communicating ideas. The value of art activities for young children lies in the process of creation rather than in the finished product. Artistic development can be observed easily as children progress through the scribbling, preschematic, schematic, and gang stages of representation. The projects suggested in this handbook encourage media experimentation and practice that stimulates creative thinking, enhances basic skill development, and provides foundations for learning art concepts. The activities are grouped in 10 chapters as follows: Drawing, Painting, Cut and Paste, Flannel and Bulletin Boards, Puppetry, Modeling Clay, Printing, Textile Projects, and Photography. Objectives, materials needed, and procedures are given for each project. Photos, illustrations, recipes, vocabulary terms, and other supportive information enhance the instructions. Contains references. (MM)
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