A Picasso or a Pre-schooler? : ways of seeing the 'child as artist'

Boone, Danielle J. (2007) A Picasso or a Pre-schooler? : ways of seeing the 'child as artist'. In 2007 Philsophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference "Creativity, Enterprise and Policy - New Directions in Education", 6- 9 December 2007, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Children’s art is a commonly featured in early childhood classroom and care centres. Adults readily display the art of young children in prominent locations for others to admire. This practice of displaying young children’s visual art poses several questions about the child and his or her artistic expression. Are these children likened to professional artists? How do children feel about their own art being displayed? What methods of display are appropriate, if any?

A review of early childhood art education literature offers ways of seeing the "child as artist." Artistic learning is complex in and of itself, and to complicate matters art education has not progressed in a linear fashion and lacks a unified organizational structure. However, the place of art in the curriculum and the best way of teaching art to young children are central debates within the field of early childhood art education.

This paper draws on doctoral research that attempts to explore ways of seeing the "child as artist" within the context of early childhood art education and presents an argument for new understandings of young children’s experiences with the display of their own visual artwork.

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ID Code: 12477
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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For further information, please contact the author:

Dr Danielle Twigg,
Faculty of Education,
School of Education and Professional Studies,
176 Messines Ridge Road,

Telephone +61 (0) 7 3735 1021.
Email: d.twigg@griffith.edu.au,
Room: M10_4.02C,
Griffith University - Mount Gravatt,

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Keywords: early childhood, art education, display of children's artwork
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History and Philosophy of Education (220202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999) > Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified (199999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Danielle J. Boone
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:55

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