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Viewing Art with Babies
First Encounters

  • Available for pre-order on May 16, 2023. Item will ship after June 6, 2023
ISBN 9781032135755
June 6, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
140 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Viewing Art with Babies demonstrates how to facilitate quality art viewing experiences with babies from as young as two months old. Such experiences can help to nurture early literacy and receptive language skills, sensory stimulation, and early brain development.

Based on the author’s research with babies in New Zealand, Australia, Romania, England, and the U.S., the book provides the reader with information about early brain, vision, sensory and language development, as well as the aesthetic preferences of babies. Danko-McGhee provides details about the type of art that babies like, how to display art in the learning environment, and how to interact with a baby when viewing art. Case studies of international museums, national museums and community agencies that have had success with engaging babies in art viewing experiences will be included in the book as a way to demonstrate how theory and research can be successfully put into practice.

Viewing Art with Babies details practical ways that museum practitioners, early childhood and community educators and parents can provide art-viewing experiences in the museum, early childhood classroom or even their own home. It will be of interest to practitioners and parents around the world, as well as those engaged in the study of museum education.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Babies and Art; Chapter 1 Early Brain and Sensory Development; Chapter 2 Visual Literacy, Aesthetic Responses, and The Aesthetic Preferences of Babies; Chapter 3 Looking at Art with Babies & Building Early Receptive Language; Chapter 4 Setting Up an Environment for Babies to View Art; Chapter 5 Successful Community Art Programs for Babies; Chapter 6 Successful Baby Tours at Art Museums; Chapter 7 Conclusion: Future Discoveries - Babies and Art.

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Kathy Danko-McGhee, Ph.d. is the owner of First Encounters, LLC., an art studio that provides educational experiences for babies and toddlers. She is the former Director of Education at the Toledo Museum of Art and led the museum's efforts to be at the forefront of teaching visual literacy. During her tenure there, Dr. Danko-McGhee was responsible for creating Baby Tours, Toddler Tours, and spearheaded the publication of The Art of Seeing Art: A, B, and See book for preschool children, as well as the Art of Seeing Art for Babies book. Under her leadership, the museum provided many interactive learning experiences in the galleries. Dr. Danko-McGhee was instrumental in bringing the 2014 International Visual Literacy Conference to the museum.

Previous to her museum post, she served as a full professor and early childhood art education coordinator at the University of Toledo. During her tenure, Dr. Danko-McGhee conducted research projects in various countries around the world (England, Romania, Australia & New Zealand) studying the aesthetic preferences of babies. She also investigated the aesthetic preferences of toddlers and preschool children.

Her books - including The Aesthetic Preferences of Young Children (2000) and The Impact of Early Art Experiences on Literacy Development (2007) - have become the basis for early childhood art education programs both here and abroad. She has published numerous journal articles and has presented her research papers nationally and internationally.