1st Edition

Art in the Early Years

ISBN 9780415298469
Published September 25, 2003 by Routledge
224 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

For all involved in teaching young children, this timely book offers the necessary tool with which to develop a broad, creative and inspirational visual arts programme. Presented in two parts, this text covers both theoretical and practical angles:

  • part one investigates contemporary early childhood art education, challenging what is traditionally considered an early years art experience
  • part two puts theory to text by presenting the reader with numerous inventive visual art lessons that imaginatively meet goals for creative development issued by the QCA.

The author strikes the perfect balance between discussion of the subject and provision of hands-on material for use in lessons, which makes this book a complete art education resource for all involved in early years art education. Teachers, trainee teachers, or nursery teachers, who wish to implement a more holistic art curriculum in the classroom whilst meeting all the required standards, will find this an essential companion.

Table of Contents

Part 1. 1. Setting the Scene: The Why, What and How of Early Years Art Education 2. A Work in Progress: The Process, Art Experiences and Art Making 3. The Process Continues: Aesthetic Experiences and Encounters with Art 4. Documentation and Special Needs: Reaching All Children and Documenting it As We Go Along 5. Putting it Together: Using the Early Learning Goals for Creative Development Part 2. Ideas into Practice: Artistic Experiences for the Foundation Stage

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Kirsten Ali Eglinton, owner of Canyon Arts, is an arts education consultant, practitioner and trainer.


'provides a wealth of suggestions for teachers on how to provide stimulating and worthwhile visual art lessons. Well worth having a copy in your setting.' - Early Years Update

'This book clearly shows the author's enthusiasm for and belief in art education of the highest quality. It provides a valuable resource for all who are involved in education young children through art, explaining the 'why' behind the 'how' in easily understandable terms.' - Child Education

'An informative volume that can be used by the classroom practitioner in a wide variety of early years settings. It would also be a welcome addition to a teacher educator's professional library, because the theoretical constructs, definitions and rationales it contains support the practical information.' - International Journal of Early Years Education