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Master of Arts
Every normal child is born with some degree of aesthetic sense, and today an important and helpful role can be played by the parent and the primary teacher in advancing the exciting movement for a greater development of this sense. The blossoming of the very young child's talent depends more upon the right atmosphere than It does the instruction. An untrained person finding himself In the position of art teacher or advisor should not attempt to play the part of art critic, but he might be helpful as an understanding and sympathetic friend who provides a comfortable working situation and Inspires the confidence necessary to an expansive atmosphere.
Children should be given the opportunity to experiment with many mediums, but their preferences should be respected. The best subject for his efforts should be drawn by his own choice, from his imagination or from his direct or Indirect experiences. His work should be ignored or discouraged when It is done in Imitation of, or copied from the work of some other child.
Children from six to eight are usually satisfied with their work and seldom want help. Older children, however, grope for information to aid them in representation and when the adult is not fully prepared to give them this Information, observation from actual forms is the best help that can be offered.
A young child is not capable of prolonged concentration and has not yet developed the refined muscular control necessary for the execution of a detailed work. He usually enjoys working large, with mediums that give a strong effect and are easily applied. He is perhaps the only true creative artist, for he works with a singleness of purpose that demands his utmost concentration to evolve, what is to him, a momentous experience intimately identified with himself. He has no concepts of proportions, accurate drawing, or color harmonies; these things do not enter his world at all.
A. C. Preston
A. C. Preston
Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College
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Taylor, L. Y. (1949). Methods And Procedures For Improving The Teaching Of Arts In The Primary Grades In The Kilgore Colored School. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/603