by Brenda Ellis. Publisher: Artistic Pursuits Inc. Comb-binding, 90 pages, 26 lessons plus 10 additional projects, 165 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-939394-00-2, January 1, 2013, 3rd Edition.
Do you wish you could look inside your child’s mind to see what is behind the artwork your preschooler just handed to you? This book shows caring adults the stages of artistic development that children go through and discusses how to nurture awareness of the world and bring it to life in a child. It offers information on the first steps your three, four, or five-year-old will take when pursuing creativity as it is expressed through art. Used regularly, this book will expand the scope and vision of what is possible for young artists. Twenty-six art appreciation lessons feature Master works by artists as diverse as Hokusai, Hicks, and O’O'Keeffe. Each lesson is followed by a project, giving preschoolers an early experience with the processes of making art. The First Skills section offers practical advice on correct handling of scissors, drawing tools, adhesives and paint with ten additional project ideas.
This is not a coloring or activity book. It begins at the true beginning of any artistic production; seeing. As children become aware of the world in which they live, they will create original works of art in the way they see it. Each lesson begins with information for the parent on the nature of children’s artistic development that will help in understanding their art. Parents learn methods of teaching using real world examples that work with the purposes children have for making art. This book will suggest ways to turn art times into real educational experiences, resulting in enthusiastic artists who are ready to learn more, see more, and create more art.
26 lessons include a Grown-Up Talk that will help you understand children's artistic development, the different approaches they use, and the reasons children make art. Informative boxes at the bottom of the page offer practical tips when teaching art to young children. "From the first page of The Way They SEE It, parents receive great insight into the artistic development of young children." –R.S., Homeschool Parent
Each Grown-Up Talk is followed by a lesson you can share with your child. Read the brief Picture Talk as your child looks at an artwork by one of the great Masters of art. Here children view a picture of a dramatic sky. "It is really just a guide to help them start learning to express themselves through art." –B.J., Homeschool Parent.
Follow each Picture Talk with a project that allows young children to explore art materials and ideas.
"Comparing my student’s experiences helped me realize the beauty of the flexibility of the projects. Whether you have a speedy artist or a child who wishes to create art for hours on end, the projects are easily adapted to satisfy each personality." –R.S., Homeschool Parent
This Grown-Up talk explores the idea of scribbling, talks about why the manipulation stage is important to the development of motor skills and understanding art processes, and suggests ways to control where scribbles are made.
This Picture Talk explores a broad range of marks in a variety of colors and prepares the child for exploring marks through the medium of finger paint.
The Mark-making Project encourages children to explore paint using different parts of their hands. We use finger painting at the preschool level because it is the most direct route for seeing that their fingers are making the marks that they see on paper. A scratch recipe for both finger paints and play dough is provided for the budget conscious mommy.
The First Skills Section follows the twenty-six lessons and shows parents how to teach their children to use art tools correctly, setting them up for success in art and later for writing. This page shows the proper position for holding a pencil or marker. The First Skills section contains ten additional projects for preschoolers so that they can practice using the tools in creative ways.
The contents page lists lessons that explore real art concepts in ways that young children can identify with and learn from. Take time to browse through the topics covered in this book. "This is exactly what I have been looking for. Wonderful. I wish my own parents could have read this when I was the same age as my son, four, then maybe I would not be so artistically challenged!" –T.O., Homeschool Parent
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