Book Title: Everyday Artists: Inquiry and Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom (Early Childhood Education)
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Author: Dana Frantz Bentley
For the young child, art is a way of solving problems, conceptualizing the world, and creating new possibilities. In Everyday Artists, the author addresses the disconnect that exists between the teaching of art and the way young children actually experience art. In doing so, this book questions commonly held notions and opens up exciting new possibilities for art education in the early childhood classroom. A practicing teacher herself, Bentley uses vignettes of children's everyday activities from block building to clean-up to outdoor play to help teachers identify and scaffold the genuine artistic practice of young children.