International Journal of Art & Design Education

Machinery as a Source of Art and Design for Infants

Volume 1.2   1982



Hobbs claims that children's creative abilities do not develop spontaneously, without external assistance and furthermore that too much emphasis is placed on expression in art education. He argues that teachers should concentrate their efforts on that aspect of creativity, which although inextricably bound up with it, must be prior to it. A project is described where machinery is used to provide a stimulus in the art and design education of 6-7 year-olds. An evaluation is provided and the author concludes that many of the things learnt were meaningful only to children as individuals. They produced work that was unique and imaginative and directly due to their work with machines.