Re-thinking Arts and Creativity in Early Childhood
Red and Orange Horses, do they matter? Re-thinking Arts and Creativity in ECE.
Presented by Wendy Lee as part of the ELP Lecture Series 2022.
Mā te ahurei o te tamaiti e ārahi i ā tatou mahi.
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.
Wendy believes art should have a central place in an early childhood setting, hence this lecture will explore both the barriers and the enablers around building children’s identities as artists. There are many debates around ‘process versus product’ and sometimes these discussions can obscure the picture and limit the possibilities.
Art is about many things including: wonder and discovery, art appreciation, artistic and perceptual awareness, observation and close attention, cognitive and affective growth, and the development of artistic skills. It involves a wide range of experiences (e.g. drawing, painting, clay work, needlecraft, sewing, mosaics, print making, construction work and visiting art galleries etc). But first and foremost, we want children to explore art in a way that will engage them in creative experiences and strengthen their image of themselves as being an artist.
We will also consider the ways in which art can be assessed and documented. Examples of Learning Stories will be shared that illuminate the child’s learning journey with art and which show how we can nurture the foundation of artistic engagement in children for the rest of their lives.
Cost: $45 per person. $290 for the full series of 10 lectures.