- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1 edition (August 30, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374527709
- ISBN-13: 978-0374527709
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Teaching Art to Children: In School and at Home 1st Edition
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Beal has taught art to children at the Village Community School in New York for 25 years. Her method involves encouraging long-term familiarity with art materials so that children ages five to ten can master the materials and use them to express their own life experiences. In chapters on collage, painting, clay, drawing, printmaking, and 3-D construction, Beal discusses how to set up the art situation and how to speak to children about their artwork to encourage their creative expression. Short sections at the end of the chapters discuss what materials and techniques are best suited for use at home. Although recommendations are given about how to present each kind of art material to children, the level of detail provided is insufficient for readers who are not already familiar with the handling of the materials. Recommended for specialized collections in art education. Kathryn Wekselman, M.Ln., Cincinnati
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“The Art of Teaching Art to Children is exactly right. Nancy Beal unfolds the magic , the practical, and a clear sense of children as she describes materials, motivations, and conservations in her Village Community School art room. This honest and thoughtful book should become a classic for all parents and teachers who cherish art in the lives of children.” ―Joy L. Moser, Teachers College, Columbia University
“Beal shows what children can do when they have the support of a caring adult--an adult who respects children's ideas and honors their creativity. Anyone who works with children, anyone who lives with children, should read this lovely and thoughtful book.” ―Peggy Kaye, author of Games for Writing
“Here is a book that will carry children from experimental beginnings as artists to full-fledged, deep expressive competency in art. Beal's knowledge of developmental growth is matched by her inspired motivational methods for teaching skills. Above all, she never loses sight of each child's personal view.” ―Naomi F. Pile, author of Art Experiences for Young Children
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I found the tone of the book off-putting though. There are many places in the book where she talks about how "other" teachers teach in a certain way and then talks about how her way is SO much better. I am a new teacher, and in all of the examples she gave, I could see merit in BOTH ways she described. Seems like she could have presented her own way without putting down someone else. I thought the tone was rather arrogant, frankly.
Less instructional, more guiding.
A great book for someone who is teaching or just creating art with children. I am a stay at home Mom with an "alternative" in home daycare. We focus on the arts & mindfulness. This book teaches a very mindful approach to working with children to create art. There were a lot of "little" things I never considered before, that are actually really "BIG" things. Especially when working with children, it's easy to forget how fragile they are & how easily your instructions and feedback during something fun like art can be unconsciously affecting the self esteem and confidence of your students/children. This book is a good tool for building your children/students up, and turning art into a tool for them to creatively express themselves and build the confidence needed to do so freely and naturally all throughout life!
The only gripe I have with the books is the author teaches in a more privileged environment in terms of funding for her department. Some budget ideas/alternatives/systems for those who don't have that kind of art funding would have been nice.