CD 53 Green Sheet GREEN SHEET
FALL 2009

Course: CD 53: Creative Arts for the Young Child
Time: Wednesdays: 6:00 - 8:40 p.m.
Instructor: Diane Langfelder, (650) 365-0347 e-mail:
Office Hours: Wed. 2:00-3:00 pm & by appointment. CD221a

DESCRIPTION: Overview of the uses of art materials and play equipment. Interpretation of the creative values of various art media and the selection of materials and equipment appropriate for each situatio

The student will develop skills in the preparation and presentation of preschool art materials.

The student will recognize of the stages of development in art.

The student will gain knowledge of the value of self-expressive materials used to foster creativity in young children.

The student will become aware of the relationship of art to cognitive and physical growth in young children.

The student will be exposed to interpretations of young children's art work.

The student will become knowledgeable of the role of the teacher in the presentation of art activities.

REQUIRED TEXT: Langfelder, Diane. Creative Arts Syllabus.

Bos, Bev, Don't Move the Muffin Tins, Turn the Page Press, 1979.

Cherry, Clare, Creative Arts for the Developing Child, Fearon Publishers, 2nd Edition.

Kohl, Maryanne: Big Messy But Easy to Clean Art Book, Gryphon House,


The following calendar is intended only as a guide. It will at times, give way to the needs of the group or unexpected dilemmas.

WEEK 1 Introduction to class. Defining and understanding "creativity." Elements in the creative process. .

Assignment 1: Read assignment in syllabus - On Feeling Creative. Answer questions after participating in classroom activities. DUE NEXT CLASS
Reading: Handouts in Syllabus on creativity.

WEEK 2 The creative process. (continued.) Basic assumptions about children's art work. Bring Syllabus to class.
Reading: Handouts in Syllabus on play dough.

WEEK 3: Defining creativity. Looking at theories.

DUE WEEK 5 Assignment 2: Do a written observation of a child painting at the easel. Read instructions on observation sheet in Syllabus before doing observation
Reading: Information in Syllabus on the use of clay.

WEEK 4: Stages of development in the use of clay. Value of clay experiences for young children.

Assignment 3: :DUE WEEK 6 Bring three different examples of children's drawing or painting to class. Analyze the stage of development of the child who completed each picture. Record the stage and reasons behind your analysis on a separate sheet. Be prepared to discuss the pictures in class. Write your name, the child's name and age on the back of the painting or drawing.
Reading: Information in Syllabus on Brittain and Lowenfield's stages.

WEEK 5: Brittain and Lowenfield's stages of development in art. How development is reflected in children's art work.
Reading: Information in syllabus on Rhoda Kellogg.

WEEK 6: Developmentally appropriate activities. Physical, social/emotional and cognitive abilities of preschoolers in the creative process.
Reading: Information in Syllabus on developmentally appropriate approaches to planning art activities.

DUE WEEK 8: Assignment 4: Record two different observations of teachers supervising art activities with a child or children. Observe two different adults supervising different activities.

WEEK 7: Connecting the stages of art in children to the process of development. The importance of process in young children's art work. Understanding the art in each of us.


WEEK 8: The role of the teacher. The importance of the environment in setting the stage for creative activities. Planning appropriate activities for children through responsive teaching. Reading: Information in Syllabus on the role of the teacher. Teacher observations due


WEEK 9: Art and the development of intelligence. Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence.

DUE WEEK 10: Assignment 5: Bring to class some object, picture, material, or arrangement that represents "aesthetic beauty" to you. Bring this item to class to share with the other students. Write a brief description of the characteristics that make this item aesthetically pleasing to you - including why you find these characteristics pleasing.

WEEK 10: Aesthetics. Conversations and sharing about beauty. Aesthetic behavior and development in children. Sensory considerations in the development of aesthetics.. Aesthetics assignment due.

Reading: Handout in Syllabus on aesthetic development.



WEEK 12:  FINAL EXAM DUE. No class meeting.

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