Preschool Art: "It's the Process Not the Product." (英語) ペーパーバック – 1994/7
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Anyone working with preschoolers and early primary age children will want this book. Over 200 activities teach children to explore and understand their world through open-ended art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product. Activities are included for painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and construction.
Award-winning author MaryAnn Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House. Her philosophy, "It's the process, not the product," guides her writing as she provides open-ended art activities for young children. MaryAnn's activities focus on the experience of art, not the final product a child creates.
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Each of the almost 250 projects gets its own 8-1/2" by 11" page and has numerous line illustrations to clarify techniques and materials. The page is organized into a Materials list, a Process list, and Variations, and includes hints to make the project easier (such as cleanup tips or materials that can be reused). Icons on each page indicate the suggested age, how much time is needed to prepare ahead of time, whether or not extra assistance may be needed, whether or not caution is required (for sharp, hot or electrical materials), and whether it is one of the author's favorites, based on its being extra fun, extra fascinating, or extra easy and creative.
The book would be great if that was all there was to it, but value has been added by the wonderful organization and indexing. First, the Table of Contents is organized into basic projects (like chalk drawing and watercolors), followed by seasonal projects. And the indexes at the back are great: first, the Project Index lists projects alphabetically; next, a Materials Index lists them by -- materials (so if you want to do something with buttermilk, for example, you can find a project easily); finally, an Art Medium Index categorizes projects by medium -- drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, collage, craft or construction. These indexes make it terribly easy to find just the right project you're looking for!
In the Introduction the author discusses her philosophy of emphasizing process over product in children's art, and gives some advice on how to talk to your children about their projects. This book is an invaluable resource from cover to cover. I do not think you will ever regret purchasing this book.
Very highly recommended.
What I appreciate most about this book can be found in the author's Special Note (she even allows you to duplicate it!) Here the foundation is laid...it's the process and not the finished product. You can learn as much through the materials as you can from the art you and the kids create. If I'm teaching an idea, the heart of this book certainly helps me convey my message to my students. The layout of each art experience is presented in a clear way and the use of icons is helpful in deciding which craft is age and time appropriate. Hey, I even taught words and concepts using each "recipe".
As a teaching aid, I give this book a definite "thumbs up".
I now buy this book as gifts for parents with preschoolers.