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Teaching Art to Young Children

3rd Edition

By Rob Barnes


168 pages

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How can teachers develop best practice in art teaching?

This fully updated third edition of Rob Barnes’ classic text blends practical ideas with sound principles of art education. Teachers and student teachers will find a range of ideas and tried and tested classroom examples; whilst for those looking for firm principles of art teaching and ‘best practice’ this book presents many important issues in art education with clarity and insight.

Based on first-hand experience of teaching children, this text uses many examples from early years and primary school contexts, and tackles essential topics with realism and imagination such as:

  • developing skills through using media
  • how children draw
  • encouraging artistic confidence in children
  • producing original artwork and making use of digital imagery

Rob Barnes’ unique approach encourages teachers to develop and think about art as part of a rich curriculum of learning, highlighting how it shouldn’t be taught in isolation but with purposeful links to other areas of the curriculum.


"Rob Barnes [is one of] the best authors on the subject of art education" – Peter Moore, Associate Lecturer (SL) Liverpool Hope University

"Barnes' own enthusiasm for and belief in his subject, interspersed with teachers' comments, a large number of practical teaching suggestions and well-chosen colour plates of children's work, makes the book an engaging and worthwhile read." - Jane Bower, Early Years

"This is an excellent publication. It addresses the problems of teaching in all the main craft areas and deals with important issues such as why art should be on the curriculum, classroom organisation, talking with children and assessment and evaluation" - International Journal of Early Years Education

"Reaching a third edition is always testament to the value and reception of a book and this is a tried and tested text that teachers have valued. Both practising teachers and student teachers will find the range of ideas will give inspiration for the classroom and the clear presentation will help even the less-artistic to have confidence in their teaching." – Parents in Touch

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface 1. Learning through Art 2. The Value of Art 3. Producing Original Artwork 4. How Children Draw 5. Developing Ideas 6. Activities, Curriculum and Progression 7. Classroom Organization 8. More Activities for Young Children 9. Using Paint 10. Sequencing Printmaking 11. Collage as a Medium 12. Design and Problem-Solving 13. Talking with Children 14. Assessment and Evaluation 15. Art and the Digital Image 16. Using Media and Techniques to Build Skills 17. Learning about Artists and Designers 18. The Seeing Eye

About the Author

Rob Barnes is an artist printmaker who was previously Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

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