Why are observation skills important in children’s development of art as communication?
Observation skills are important to children’s development of art as communication because it helps children in the self-discovery process. The observations help the children to comprehend various components of themselves so that they can create conceptualization. Observing the art helps in their communication because it helps them to use their senses. This is among the first time these senses are being used, and so it is important to use their senses so that they can develop effectively. The senses that they are using are helping them to create their artwork. If, for example, a child is excited that their friend is coming to visit them, they can draw a picture of that event happening, and this can help them to understand the situation better while letting them express themselves effectively.
Discuss in detail how you would use a cultural character book with children to promote this development.
I would use a cultural character book with children to promote this by asking them to draw a picture of them doing something they would like to do with one of the characters. This would help them to express the way they feel about the character in the book. The student should be encouraged to draw the two of them going somewhere that they think would be a fun adventure with the character in the book. This can help the character better understand how they feel about the character in the book, and it will help them to start thinking about the things the two have in common with each other. This not only helps the child express themselves, but also helps them to relate to the characters in the books they read.
Do you see advantages and disadvantages for this type of preschool?
The concept of this school is great. I would have loved to experience school in this way. I this type of learning environment is very healthy for people, as it keeps the children active, rather than being cooped up in a stuffy classroom. I think many children have been diagnosed ADHD because they are unable to concentrate in class, and they have a high amount of energy that is not being effectively used in a classroom setting. However, I think this type of behavior is a regular part of growing up for many children, and the issue is more in the structure of the classes (indoors) that creates this perception that many children suffer from ADHD. This type of learning environment can facilitate respect for nature, while keeping children active enough so that they do not start to have a bad attitude towards school. Those children who have been told they have ADHD are not given a fair opportunity, and I believe they start to develop a bad attitude towards school. If children are instead to spend a lot of time outside, they will likely not be a rambunctious, and this will allow them to better concentrate while in class. However, I think spending a considerable amount of time outside could be too tiring for students, and they will want to relax more. For these reasons, I think a hybrid between the outside classes and inside classes is the best course of action.
I like how you discuss both the teacher observing the student and the student observing their own art. You bring up excellent points about the teachers observing the children, because it does help the teacher to better communicate with the children and understand them better. As teachers, it is very important to nurture students, particularly if they are very young, I think, because it allows them to better understand the needs of the student, and how to work with them. Paying attention to what the student is drawing, and seeing how the student reacts to their own work can improve the teachers’ understanding.
Expressing feelings is a major component of growing up. The more a student is able to express those feelings, the more they can understand them. I liked reading about what you said on this topic, and I agree that the art is a very useful tool that students can learn to express their feelings effectively. If they do not express them, they are keeping them inside, and drawing can become a form of counseling for them. In my opinion, I think the drawing can be particularly useful for many students who are quiet. These students do not often express themselves verbally, and drawing can be a way for them to understand their feelings, and to release some pent up sadness of hostile feelings, for example. I think this form of therapy sticks with many people throughout life, and they continue to use drawing as a coping mechanism.
I agree with you with the angle you took on this question. I think exploration is a very good word to describe what is going on with children during the process of creating art. In a nutshell, exploration is really what childhood is all about. Children are doing things for the first time, and this means the artwork they are doing is an exploratory process. There are many elements that make up this exploration, and I think the main one is the expression of emotions. For many children, it is difficult for them to find the ways to express themselves, as words don’t often suffice due to a limited vocabulary, or an inability for them to find an adult or peer who can really listen to them and sympathize, for example. However, art becomes a tool with which these students can get their emotions out
You took an interesting approach in your answer when discussing the children observing their teachers and classmates. I think you are correct that it will often inspire a child to also create art, and the child may get ideas from others about how they can create their artwork. You also use a key word in your answer: curiosity. Children are so curious, and often eager to learn more, and creating art facilitates their curiosity in themselves. They are learning about their own abilities, and their impact on matter around them. Manipulating objects such as crayons or paintbrushes can help the children satisfy their curiosity about where they are in the world. This helps them to understand that they have an impact on the environment around them.
Discussion Question 2
How can the three Ms of playful exploration lead children into learning to draw?
Manipulation is one of the three major component to leading children to learn how to draw. This is because manipulation is needed for the student to know how to use the tools with which to draw. The manipulation also comes with the medium of color. Many children use multiple colors to create different colors. For example, many students put all of the colors onto an easel and come up with a brown color. Next, the students learn mastery. This stage of the three Ms is valuable at learning because they are doing the same task over and over. The more they practice, the more they become masters of the medium. With the last M, meaning, the child is finished with the spontaneous practice, and are able to create art that represents something. This stage is when the development of their art can really take form.
How would you help a child progress through these levels?
I would help the child progress through these levels by giving them free-reign. I would provide them with the tools to draw with, and then help them along whenever they needed assistance. I think it is best, however, to let the learner progress through the three Ms on their own so that they can begin to understand the various components of art, and so they can develop their own skills. Of course, if they had any questions, I would help the learner. I might consider encouraging the learner to draw something tangible if they have been simply blotting colors onto the easel for a very long time.
What impact did the first book you remember hearing or reading about as a child?
The first book I remember reading as a child is “Jack in the Bean Stock.” This book has had an impact on me in my life because I think it was the first book that I really enjoyed reading. It got me to want to continue to read throughout my life, and I don’t think that would have happened if I hadn’t read a book as good as “Jack in the Bean Stock.” The book may have also affected the way that I thought about life. Jack was a very persistent person, and he climbed all the way up the bean stalk. This may be one of the reasons why persist a lot in my life. Jack was an inspiration for me when I was a child, and he likely played a role in how I turned out as an adult.
How might thinking about this affect how you work with children as a teacher?
Thinking about this might make me decide to introduce students to “Jack in the Bean Stalk.” Also, it makes me think about the impact that technology is having on children. I think people are more connected to stories when they have the solid book in front of them, rather than having a screen in front of them. When I had my book, I kept it with me a lot of the time, and that is likely how it made such a significant impact on my life. As a teacher, I would encourage students to read hard copies of books, rather than reading a book from a computer screen or a tablet, for example.
Thanks for sharing your analysis of the three Ms. Your analysis was concise. I like your method of easing the children into this type of learning environment. It is a great idea to allow the children to participate in art every day, because it will help them to develop the skills that they need to become effective artists, and this can be a skills that could benefit them greatly throughout their lives. The idea of having an art area set up in the classroom is a great feature. This chapter has really shown me what a great benefit artwork can be. And I know that it is a significant enough learning mechanism that it does justify having an area in the classroom designated to art. Plus, having an area set out will help keep the mess in one place, and you could set up some newspapers or a cloth of some sort that could be washed. It probably would not get rid of the paint by washing it, but at least it will get rid of dirty shoe prints and whatnot.
From reading the chapter, I think the best benefit to the children in having an art area such as this set up, would be the ability of them to be able to express themselves. Expressing their feelings is a key point in development, and I think your idea about having the art area and having the children participate in creating art on a daily basis is a way for them to express themselves while developing their fine motor and art skills. Your classroom seems like the type of place that I would have liked to spend my childhood. Every day is a good day when there is art involved.
Your focus on the actually manipulation process was very well done. It was nicely detailed and really put me into the perspective of a child learning how to paint. Learning to do things such as how to paint comes pretty naturally to many of us, but it is something so foreign to a child, and they need to practise the skill a considerable amount in order to develop the fine motor skills that are needed. It is very easy for adults to assume that a child should be able to pick up the simple things, like picking up a paintbrush and dipping it in paint, but you point out that this is a very important thing for the child to learn how to develop. The manipulation phase, in my opinion is the most important of the three, because mastery naturally flows next. This stage is really where there can be a significant amount of abstract art, and even squiggles would not be possible without the development of the manipulation phase.
I also liked the way you explain how you would help a child transition in each of the three Ms. I think your idea of introducing the child to as many tools as possible would be very useful. I wonder how often you would switch the materials. I think it would be effective to have a new material with which to work every day. If there were say five materials being used, one could be introduced over five days, with each being introduced on its own day. The child will likely develop a preference, and I think at that point they will be able to more effectively become more skilled in the mastery and meaning stages.