Processes versus Products in early childhood visual arts education: A Deweyan challenge for children’s visual arts learning and growth

When: Monday, March 25, 2019, 1:00 PM– 6:00 PM

Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat Art Studio, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Presenter: Dr Gai Lindsay, Lecturer, BEd-The Early Years University of Wollongong, Australia

Learning objectives of the workshop:

  • Define visual arts learning for early childhood contexts
  • Draw upon research findings to challenge assumptions and myths about visual arts for children
  • Inspire participants to reflect on the process versus product debate surrounding early childhood visual arts
  • Examine and reflect on the continuum of possible visual arts learning experiences to evaluate the elements, processes and experiences that support educational growth for children
  • Share provocations from the Reggio Emilia approach and John Dewey’s philosophy to reflect on the role of the educator/adult in child art making
  • Strategies to support children and families to meet with and experience quality materials and processes
  • Deconstructing visual arts processes to plan, scaffold and extend learning for children of all ages and abilities.
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