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CREATIVE BEGINNINGS (article first published : 2007-12-26)

Creative Beginnings is a handbook about teaching art to children, designed to stimulate and support facilitators, caregivers and parents. The book develops facilitators’ own creativity through guided creative processes to be done alone or preferably in a group with other adults.

Written by Lindy Solomon, author of Khula Udweba, a handbook about teaching art to children, first published in 1989 and still in print and demand, Creative Beginnings is her second book, designed to stimulate and support facilitators, caregivers and parents working with children in the field of art.

Young children are spontaneous and free in their creative expression. Adults working with them need to rediscover and explore their own creativity to be able to share the magic of artmaking and see the world through new eyes.

A comprehensive section on the open art area and art boxes (key methodology for early childhood creative education), a non-stereotyped account of early childhood creative development (traditionally known as ‘stages of development’) and well-tested processes for both adults and children make this richly illustrated (with children’s artworks and those done by adults during Creative Beginnings courses), comprehensive and colourful book a must for art teachers and teacher trainers.

Lindy spent five years teaching art to adult beginners before joining the Curriculum Development Project (CDP) for Arts Education, where she designed and piloted the first CDP ECD Training Course. She taught 12 Early Childhood practitioners from Soweto, Alexandra and Katlehong to use art effectively with young children under the age of eight living in disadvantaged areas with limited resources. Much of the material developed at this time forms the basis of Creative Beginnings.

In 1997 she moved to Cape Town and trained ECD practitioners from local Early Childhood organizations prior to setting up an art school, The Art Sanctuary, at home to teach children and adult beginners. During this time she began to explore art as a powerful tool for self-healing via process-driven art where the creative process is the focus, not the final product/result.

In 2005 Lindy set up the project, ASTAR – Awakening Spirit through Art and trained art teachers in this innovative approach and methodology, which she developed during her 25 years teaching art. In 2006 she established the ASTAR Network of art teachers in Cape Town, a group committed to non-judgmental process-driven art teaching.

Published by STE on behalf of the Curriculum Development Project, Creative Beginnings retails at R220. ISBN 1-919855-52-1.




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