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But we continue the nourishment and exercise for further development of the healthy body. Here we express a “taste” quite in contradiction growtj the one we expect in most of our homes.

If we look at very young children, we often find a freedom to act with- out regard for the amount of knowledge mankind has amassed regarding this action. Therefore it is easy to understand that any cor- rection by the teacher that refers to objects and not to the child’s experi- ence interferes greatly with the child’s own expression. While the new look of our scientific buildings gives evidence of their living character, our educational buildings, especially those of higher learning, usually reflect The Importance of Creative Activity in Growtu Education 49 the past, in an irresponsible adherence to an environment to which the youth of today has no relationship.

Objective re- ports or illustrations are therefore unsuitable means for creating an in- spiring atmosphere. Johnny, therefore, has given us an intimate understanding, through his drawing, of the type of relationships he has established to the things he represented. Please try again later. All these experiences will either remain undeveloped, disregarded, or as separate parts in a purely literal interpretation of a subject matter.

In order to understand and appreciate the implications of these con- kowenfeld tendencies between art and society, let us compare some phases of the life of an educator of the present with one who lived in a previous culture.

If their minds are blocked and move around in stereotypes, their frame of reference needs to be extended. It is self- evident growtj he will include only those things that he knows and that are important to him. In fact, one study indicates that the rating of reading readiness by the use of drawings is a better predictor of reading achievement than is the teacher.


The easier it is craetive the child to include himself in a given situation, the more readily will he identify with it.

Although the choice of the subject matter has no influence on the intensity of self-identification, it is of prime significance for the creator.

Dependent thinking, however, restricts the child in his choice of subject matter as well as in his mode of expression. The techniques used must permit him repetitions if he so desires. In art education it means that the teacher must know the child and his creative needs in order to understand him fully and also lowenfeldd motivate him effectively.

The child sees the world diflferently from the way he draws it. But this does not mean that we should adjust their diets to sweets. There is no opportunity for him to express his relationship and thus relieve himself mehtal tensions of joy, hatred, or fear. Angela rated it it was amazing Feb 14, His relationship to a dog may be one of love, friendship. Since the child’s desires for, and needs of, expression change with his development and growth, it becomes evident that he will identify with diflferent art media during different developmental stages.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. But serious questions can be raised about how much we have been able to educate beyond the making and consuming of objects.

The Level of the Appreciator. In this way we induce in the child the problems of the artist, and by so doing, we make him feel as did the creator. Rowdy is digging a hole in the lawn. Not “You cannot draw picking flowers? Johnny is quite aware that this may spoil the lawn and Dad does not like it. The level of the appreciator.

On the contrary, it might for the moment deprive him of the security he obviously found in such repetitive statements. Return to Book Page. She always draws the same kinds of patterns. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, lowrnfeld your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


Creative and Mental Growth

There is no place in ciktor books to express anxieties. The Importance of Art for Creativity Art has long been looked upon as the stronghold of creativity within the public schools. Methods of Approach It should be stressed that there is no single approach to freeing children or adults in their creative potentialities or to making them more sensitive toward themselves and their environment.

This is as clearly evident in the minds of artists as it is in the minds of educators and psychologists. Only then will he be able to identify with the particular needs of this individual child.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. The child in this stage of development has no desire to relate visual imagery to his draw- ing activity. For instance, if we were color-blind, we would have to depend on the location of the lights and would very soon have to become aware of the red light on the top.

For both types of experiences, however, it is important that as great a variety of sensations, perceptions, and other lowenfld are activated as is possible. He might want to paint his visual environment and thus take into consideration all the changing effects of shape and color in distance and atmosphere; or he might want to express his subjective emotional relation to experiences and thus use color and form as pure means of expression.

This interference starts perhaps when children scribble and eager parents expect to see something that fits their own adult conception. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. During the medieval period the Church fostered the most geowth architec- ture.