International Journal of Art & Design Education

Using Original Paintings with Young Children

Volume 8.3   1989



What part can cultural studies play in offsetting the imposition of cultural norms on children's developing understandings? This piece of small-scale research offered three strategies for engaging children with the work of others: using narrative; finding consensus, and developing a shared experience. Only paintings were used as children are familiar with paint, and those chosen challenged cultural norms. The strengths and limitations of each approach are discussed. The researchers concluded that both the children's listening and oral storytelling ability, and their imagination grew as a result of developing their investigative skills and shifting the 'mantle of the expert' from the teacher to the child.