Growing Artists: Teaching the Arts to Young Children, 4e provides the theoretical framework and background knowledge needed to design creative arts activities for young children from infancy through the primary grades. Beautifully illustrated with children’s artwork, it features a wealth of child-tested, open-ended dramatic arts, music, creative dance, and visual art activities that foster children’s creativity. Examples of teaching in action model how to be an enthusiastic and effective teacher of the arts process. This book provides a rich-resource of ideas and approaches that will inspire all those who work with young children to explore the arts process with them.
Vignettes of real children creating in the arts provide a rich picture of arts education in practice.
Carefully selected children's artwork and photographs illustrate the concepts presented in the book.
Each chapter is organized around thought-provoking questions and concludes with activities that will help the reader better understand the concepts.
Covers all areas of the arts including dance, drama, music, and visual art.
Provides a framework for creating a developmentally appropriate arts program for children from infancy through primary grades.
Current research on the role of the arts in brain development in young children.
More inclusive coverage of the arts with new chapters on teaching music, creative dance, and the dramatic arts.
Sample activity plans with suggested assessments for one-on-one, exploration centers, and whole group arts experiences.
The inclusion of the theory and teaching of all the arts to young children.
Provides models for how open-ended arts activities can be designed, presented, and assessed.
Expanded coverage of the arts development of infants and appropriate arts activities for this age group.
Annotated references to in-print children's books on the arts have been placed in the relevant sections of each chapter.
New appendix presents guidelines for working safely with art materials.
Updated appendix on Teacher Resources has been expanded to include sources for musical supplies.
Updated glossary provides students with definitions of terms used in the text.
Updated references at the end of each chapter direct readers to relevant literature in the field of arts education.
New E-Resource provides instructors with a test bank, examples of children?s artwork, and PowerPoint slides to accompany each chapter.
New WebTutor provides students with study guides and resources that help in retention of the material.
Studio Page Guide.
Activity Plan Guide.
CHAPTER 1: The Arts and Young Children.
CHAPTER 2: Nurturing Creativity.
CHAPTER 3: Artistic Development.
CHAPTER 4: Awakening the Senses.
CHAPTER 5: Coming Together through the Arts.
CHAPTER 6: Creating a Place for the Arts.
CHAPTER 7: Introducing the World’s Art.
CHAPTER 8: Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum.
CHAPTER 9: Creating Art.
CHAPTER 10: Making Music.
CHAPTER 11: Moving Creatively.
CHAPTER 12: Nurturing the Imagination.
Appendix B: Safety Guidelines.