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Nurturing Children In The Visual Arts Naturally © 2014
The most up-to-date information on children learning visual arts!
Proven visual art method for young children. This book is devoted entirely to children and their relationship to the visual arts. Parents, teachers and caregivers interested in nurturing visual arts will be better prepared to do so by reading this book.
• Understand how children develop art skills
• Exciting link to visual perception & art skills
• 7 principles guide
• Art project framework planning
• Free website links to blogs, art projects & art supply reviews
• Age recommendation phase guide
Spramani Elaun has nurtured visual art lessons to thousands of children. She is founder of Nature of Art For Kids® Art School, Earth-friendly Non-toxic paint manufacture, Colour Blocks™ - The original square block recycled crayon company & Kids Zone venues across the West Coast.
Part 1. Journey to Discovery
To a young child, exploring through play is simply natural. Children collect knowledge and gain a sense of their physical world through their senses of seeing, smelling, tasting, touching, and hearing. The excitement a child experiences while dipping a brush in paint and creating strokes of colour is a curious mixture of the senses! Visual art exploration is a natural way for children to explore and learn and it can come in many forms: doodling, painting, colour, sculpting, crafting, and many other visual art forms.
Many books have been written on the subject of teaching visual arts to children, which use traditional fine art to facilitate lessons. This s not that type of book. Here, I offer a new way of teaching visual arts. This new way of thinking will open your eyes to a child’s natural creative abilities. The Nature of Art For Kids® Methodology and proven method is based on these ideas: 1) Freely allowing a child to use intuitive thinking while making art, 2) Allowing ideas and creative expression to develop with abilities appropriate to each child’s developmental stage, 3) Not disturbing the curious evolution a child undergoes while exploring, and 4) Not burdening a child with adult ideology about how to be creative.
Part one of this book will take you through the journey how I came to the conclusion young children should learn visual arts naturally, part two will explain why and how to nurture visual arts.
Why should visual arts be part of a young child’s life? Making art is a natural way to communicate. Emotions can be expressed during the process of making art or the final message in artwork. From a beginning idea to a completed art project, the process is good for a child to experience. Visual Arts is a great way to explore a child’s creativity. Our physical earth and daily life is a bounty of colorus and light, art is a great way to explore colour. Art making provides limitless colour and form. Making art is a great way a child can develop fine motor skills. Visual Arts can bridge a child to the natural world. Visual Arts in a young child’s life can be positive for healthy growth.
Part 1. Journey to Discovery
Chapter 1. Introductions: Who I am & Why The Book
Chapter 2. My Observations Lead To Method
Chapter 3. Child, Visual Arts & Artist, Three Special Terms You Must Know!
Chapter 4. Fine Art Instruction: Where It Came From & Why We Teach This Way
Chapter 5. Fine Art All Wrong For Kids: Nurturing Method Emerges
Chapter 6. Experts, Non Experts Today On childhood Visual Art Learning
Chapter 7. Elex’s Drawing Story
Chapter 8. Elex’s Story Brings: Revelations, Discoveries to Natural Patterns
Chapter 9. Elex’s Story Identifying Creative Mode Artwork vs. Copy Mode Artwork
Part 2. Freeing The Imagination
Chapter 10. Methodology, Principals, Phases & Parts To The Method
Chapter 11. Cognitive “Mind/Brain” & Fine Motor Growth
Chapter 12. Visual Perception, Connecting visual growth to how we learn to draw
Chapter 13. Nurture The Naturalistic Child
Chapter 14. The 3 C’s Curiosity, Creativity & Child-Led
Chapter 15. 3 Phases of Development
Chapter 16. Buying Art Supplies
Chapter 17. Art Supply Safety & Non-Toxic Truths
Chapter 18. Colour Theory
Chapter 19. Art Therapy, Art Helps Children Communicate Simpler
Chapter 20. Digital Multi-Media Arts For Children
Chapter 21. Art Topics
Chapter 22. The End Of The Rainbow, Conclusion