Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Growing Artists: Teaching Art to Young Children

Front Cover

By Joan Bouza Koster
Edition: 3, illustrated
Published by Delmar Thomson Learning, 2004
ISBN 1401865615, 9781401865610
442 pages

Growing Artists provides a broad, theory-based approach
to art for young children based on how children learn
and grow through artistic expression.
There are many wonderful features: art terms,
teacher tips, addressing special needs, presenting artworks
and dealing with safety issues. It clearly explains
what to do and say when teaching art to toddlers
through 8-year-olds. It covers all art media in depth.
Special attention is paid to integrating art using
thematic teaching and the project approach.
It is rich in appropriate theory and curriculum
and in real life illustrations of art in the early childhood classroom.
This is a book for teachers just starting out
and for those who want to up-date their teaching of art
and anyone interested in the education of young children.


With funding for school art programs drying up,
and given the rise of homeschooling, a good manual for
teaching art to children is vital. This updated third edition is
appropriate for teachers, home-schoolers, and parents.
It's grounded in the work of such child-development
experts as Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner, and Kindler.
Koster introduces children from infancy to age eight
to drawing, collage, painting, modeling, printmaking, fiber art,
sculpture, and group art. She fills the pages with
creative exercises, resources for art supplies, prints and posters,
computer supplies and software, and extensive bibliographies
of children's literature on art, and lists of CD-ROMs,
videodiscs, and web sites.
Recommended for school and public libraries.
Reed Business Information (c) 2004

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