Recognizing and Evaluating Stages of Art

Recognizing and Evaluating Stages of Art

In your Readings this week you read about the three basic levels in drawing that apply to early childhood development: the scribble stage, the basic forms stage, and the pictorial stage. When early childhood professionals can recognize and evaluate each stage through direct observation of a child’s art work, then they are best able to plan appropriate art activities and materials for toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children K–2nd grade.

View the following videos from the Colorado Department of Education found in your Web resources: Jacob at the Easel, Kyrill at the Easel, Kyrill and Kira at the Easel, and Sam Draws a Scarecrow.

Source: Results Matter Video Library – Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills, Colorado Department of Education. Retrieved from http://www.cde.state.co.us/resultsmatter/RMVideoSeries_PracticingObservation.htm

• Select which stage of art development best characterizes each picture.

• Explain any differences in scribble stage examples such as: early or late period, types of scribbles (circular, jagged, etc.); control of crayon or marker.

• Explain any differences in basic forms examples such as: type of basic form used, how clear and exact the forms are, child’s control of the crayon or marker, and early or late basic forms period.

• Compare the differences in pictorial examples such as: early or late period, what basic forms are combined with symbols’ and observable symbols

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