Creativity in ECE 1 (a focus on Art)

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Creativity in ECE 1 (a focus on Art)

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Early Childhood Education, Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module focuses on creative learning through art in early childhood. The students will engage with literature relating to the artistic and creative development of the child from infancy to six years of age. The principles of early learning and development and the adult’s role in supporting children’s early learning and development underpin this module. Links between art and play will be investigated. A range of art activities in different media will be designed to reflect the four themes of the Aistear curriculum: Well-being, Identity and Belonging, Communicating and Exploring and Thinking. The art elements: space, colour, line, texture, pattern and form will be explored in a playful way through art-making and appreciating. Key concepts relating to creativity, playfulness, experimentation, problem-solving and multi-modal self-expression will be emphasised.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Discuss with reference to relevant literature the artistic and creative development of the child from infancy to six years of age
    2. Identify and share with parents the potential for integrating art activities with play and other areas of learning in early childhood
    3. Design, plan, implement and assess a range of art activities which promote creative learning in early childhood in line with the themes of the Aistear framework
    4. Explore through art activities the development of concepts relating to colour, form, texture, pattern, line and spatial relationships
    5. Develop creative art activities which encourage personal meaning making and self-expression for a diverse group of young children
    6. Demonstrate how responding to artworks can be used to stimulate imaginative thinking, visual literacy, language development, and creative art-making.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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