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: