Hawker Brownlow Education

Everyday Artists: Inquiry and Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom

Author: Dana Frantz Bentley

Availability: In Stock

Code: TCP0744

ISBN: 9781760010744

No of Pages: 142

Publish date: 17/02/2015

Price: $37.95


For the young child, art is a way of solving problems,
conceptualising the world and creating new possibilities. This book is about
young children engaging in the art of world-making. Art, not in the traditional
sense of making paintings, drawings, dance and music, objects of art, but
rather as constituting a powerful tool of everyday thinking.

Everyday Artists addresses the disconnect that exists
between the teaching of art and the way young children actually experience art.
In doing so, this book questions commonly held notions and opens up exciting
new possibilities for art education in the early childhood classroom. A
practising teacher herself, Bentley uses vignettes of children’s everyday
activities – from block building to clean-up to outdoor play – to help teachers
identify and scaffold the genuine artistic practice of young children.

Everyday Artists features:

  • tangible
    examples of everyday art experience told through lively classroom stories

  • an
    examination of the teacher’s role with suggestions of appropriate ways to
    support children’s artistic expression

  • clear
    explanations of how inquiry and creativity contribute to the overall thinking
    and learning of the young child

  • a
    “Voice of the Teacher” section that offers teaching strategies for extending
    children’s thinking and learning

  • a
    wide range of ideas for teachers who feel they do not know how to “do” art.