Before I had kids I was a preschool teacher. I loved teaching. I especially enjoyed the creativity that teaching 3 and 4 year old children allowed me. I loved to create with the children I taught and I was passionate about allowing them the freedom and opportunity to create and learn. I was also passionate about explaining the importance of the creative process. I spent a lot of time explaining that that art is not about producing a predefined product, art is about being free to create. Art is about the process. Art is about enjoyment and learning. I spent a lot of time explaining why there are not 25 identical snowmen stuck on our walls in the winter, and no identical daffodils when spring finally arrived gain.
Now I am a parent, I still love creating and being artistic along side my own children. And these days I blog about my passion for art and creativity with young children. I still seem to spend time explaining why my passion is for open ended art and creativity rather than craft projects with a predefined end product. But I’m going to stop banging on about that now. Now when someone asks me about my thoughts on art and young children I am just going to send them a link to this ebook.
Art Not Craft – The process of learning creatively.By Christie Burnett from Childhood101. (this is an affiliate link)
Christie’s ebook explains things so much better than I ever could!
‘Art Not Craft’ provides a comprehensive look at the theory behind art for young children, why providing open ended creative experiences is important, and how art and creativity support children’s learning. Plus it is full of practical, doable, ideas for drawing, painting, print making, collage and sculpture.There are lots of great ideas that you can try out with your kids straight away. I especially like the suggestions on minimising mess!
I really believe this book is not only an important read for parents and teachers alike, but also an enjoyable one. And one lucky picklebums reader is going to win a copy thanks to Childhood101!
To be in the running to win a copy of ‘Art Not Craft’ you need to follow the link above to find out more about ‘Art Not Craft’ and leave a comment on this post telling me why you need to read this ebook. You have until 9am next Wednesday April 6th to enter. The winner will be chosen via random number generator and must leave a valid email address to be eligible.