Children’s Artistry

Here are the power point slides from our class on Visual/Verbal Meaning Making. I needed to break slides into sections so here is what you will see in each one. Keep reading to see the description of the Drawing Inquiry BookArts documentation. Feel free to post your discoveries about children’s artistry on-line!

Children’s Artistry: Introduction

Children’s Artistry: Developmental frame

Children’s Artistry: Individual Style_frame

Children’s Artistry: Artistic Learning and Personal meaning making frames

Select one of the following for your Drawing Inquiry BookArt:

Developmental Change: This inquiry allows you to look at children’s works of art over time and make judgements about the order and characteristics of developmental stages of children’s artistry.

  1. Collect drawings of children’s art over time to highlight  each stage of artistic development. You may collect them as longitudinal (one child) or cross-sectional (different children at various ages/stages). They do not have to be pictures of the same thing.
  2. Sequence the pictures chronologically. You are looking for consistent characteristics.
  3. Identify the stage of artistic development. Use Victor Lowenfeld’s categories for the stages. From your handout.
  4. Discuss the highlights of each of the stages.
  5. Create a bookart documentation of your findings.
Artistic Patterns: This inquiry highlights your ability to observe, analyze and interpret learning styles children present in their works of art. Use the Patterns of Coordination (Thrust, Shape, Swing, Hang) for your categories. To read more about this Learning Style model look next to Art 311 on my website page bar. The steps in the inquiry process includes:
  1. Select an art exploration to do with a group or class of children – everyone should be looking at and drawing the same thing.
  2. Work small (1/2 sheet of paper or 5 x7 blank index cards) or take pictures of their work.
  3. Select two works that show evidence of each Pattern. Correlate their efforts and individual interpretation with Patterns of Coordination.
  4. Describe evidence of each Pattern in each selected works. Be specific. Feel free to add other information you know about the learner to support your decision making.
  5. Create a bookart documentation of your findings.


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