New York : Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University; Reston, VA : National Art Education Association, c2009.
xiii, 103 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 91-93) and index.
Why teach through art?
Art activities for young children
Talking with children about art
Concepts in art
Concepts in the early childhood curriculum
The next steps.
When children look at works of art they tell stories, share experiences, imagine, and explore. This book provides teachers with the skills, and freedom, to design rich and open-ended art experiences for young children. The author looks at the work of a variety of artists and offers guidance for using these artworks as taking-off points for conversations and creativity with a range of materials. She demonstrates that using fine art reproductions in the early childhood curriculum allows children to construct their own meanings, teaches diversity, fosters thinking skills, and encourages storytelling. The text includes lesson plans, examples of activities, and photographs of children working and interacting with each other and with works of art. (source: Nielsen Book Data)