In this webinar, Dr Sarah Probine (Manukau Institute of Technology) and Jacqui Lees (Head teacher at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten) discuss how rich visual arts practices can be developed through collaboration and creativity. The discussion provided practical ideas and advice for teachers to employ in their centres and aimed to build the confidence of teachers to try new ideas and approaches.
To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed. The key ideas discussed in this webinar are also shared in a short insight article
Topics discussed in this webinar
Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video
|1.27||What are the visual arts?|
|3.38||The benefits of visual arts for children’s learning|
|10.42||The role of the teacher|
|18.52||How to offer visual arts experiences in a sustainable way|
|24.56||Visual arts with infants and toddlers|
|29.54||Planning provocations for visual art experiences|
|33.48||How much should teachers direct art experiences?|
|35.34||How to offer teaching or scaffolding in the visual arts|
|37.21||Should teachers offer visual examples?|
|41.08||Supporting children’s culture and identity through the visual arts|
|43.00||Responding to children who say ‘I can’t draw’|
Questions for exploring the key ideas from this webinar
- What opportunities do the children in your setting have for communicating and expressing ideas through the visual arts?
- What changes do you notice in the children’s thinking about what they are representing when they change the media or materials with which they are working?
- How often do you encourage children to revisit their artistic representations and products in order to revisit the ideas they were exploring?
- In what ways do you get engaged with and participate in children’s art-making experiences?
- How might thinking about the visual arts as aesthetic experiences for infants and toddlers, or as a process for thinking and exploring for older children, change your practices and pedagogies in relation to the visual arts?
Take a look at Dr Gai Lindsay’s ECE Art blog
Lindsay, G. (2016). Do visual art Experiences in early childhood settings foster educative growth or stagnation? International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 5(1) Retrieved from: https://artinearlychildhood.org/journals/2016/ARTEC_2016_Research_Journal_1_Article_2_Lindsay.pdf
Brooks, M. (2009). What Vygotsky can teach us about young children drawing. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1(1) Retrieved from: https://artinearlychildhood.org/artec/images/article/ARTEC_2009_Research_Journal_1_Article_1.pdf
McArdle, F. (2016) “Art education” in the early years: learning about, through and with art. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 5(1) Retrieved from: https://artinearlychildhood.org/journals/2016/ARTEC_2016_Research_Journal_1_Article_3_McArdle.pdf