Negative Effects of Workbooks and Coloring Books
by Marvin Bartel
During observations and experiences, ask questions about quantities, sizes, textures, and shadows, colors newances, proportions, shapes, etc.
Focus attention to detail during observation and during experiences
Never be critical and do not correct an artist at work
Encourage children to be choice makers Empower them
Do NOT draw for them Do NOT show them how
DO say, "Can YOU show ME how YOU think it might look?"
Provide ample materials and blank paper, coloring books are not needed
Sculpt a pet or a memory from clay or play dough
Cut and assemble pieces of paper or sticks
Tape paper under a table and work from the floor
Then look at Sistine Chapel illustrations and talk about Michelangelo
Say, "Tell me about it" Do NOT say, "What is it?"
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updated 29 February 2004