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Big Ideas in Children's Artistic Development

 Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt, Ph.D.

Art is a universal language. As our communities become more diverse, studying international artworks provides insights into the many riches cultures around the world have to offer. This website integrates current theory and best practice in children’s artistic development using a global approach to teaching and learning.


  • Concept 1

    Children develop artistically by working regularly with various art media and processes to create their art. Students’ full artistic understanding includes important issues presented through the study aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and visual culture.


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  • Concept 2

    Children’s artistic development evolves while working under the guidance of highly-qualified teachers who help foster their creativity and allow for student choices.

  • Concept 3

    Artists serve as catalysts for understanding how artistic skills and deep understandings develop over time.

  • Concept 4

    Children are inspired by their peers and the images they see in visual culture.

  • Concept 5

    Children refer to and recycle their previous artistic symbols when acquiring new artistic skills to express particular ideas visually.

  • References

    (Kindler, 2004, 2010; Sickler-Voigt, Forthcoming publication; Wilson, 2004; Wilson & Wilson, 2010).

Medha Maysha Mahfuz (6 years), Bogra, Bangladesh. ICEFA Lidice 42nd Exhibition. Honourable mention.