The Mad King goes to print
I was thrilled when Chris Schulte and Tina Thompson invited me to contribute a chapter to their latest edited volume, Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood, published by Springer. My piece, "Fighting the Mad King: Play, Art, and Adventure in an Early Childhood Art Studio", tells stories of several children I have been privilege to work with in the last few years, and of our adventures in collaborative artmaking.
Here’s the abstract, and you can find the full chapter here:
Why should an art studio teacher join her infant students in the imaginary world of the Mad King?
What can we learn if we take part in children’s exploratory make-believe and encourage them to share the resulting art adventures with their community?
This chapter connects my experiences as an art studio teacher of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with aspects of play and artmaking, plus notions of ownership and of young children as agents in their own learning. I argue that the teacher’s role includes supporting children in taking ownership of their own explorations, learning, and adventures through artistic play with materials.
Keywords: Art; early childhood; play; teacher’s role; curriculum