Positioning children as artists through a ceramic arts project and exhibition: children meaning making

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Yates, E. and Szenasi, Judith 2021. Positioning children as artists through a ceramic arts project and exhibition: children meaning making. European Early Childhood Education Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2021.1895267
AuthorsYates, E. and Szenasi, Judith
Abstract

This article describes a ceramic arts research project that provided children with opportunities for meaning making using bone china clay, a medium with strong cultural and historical links to the city where the research took place. The children were positioned as artists and their work was curated and presented for exhibition by an international ceramic artist, affording equal status to their work as that of adults. Findings identified that children made meaning based on lived experiences, popular culture, unique family and cultural heritage, and school identities. We also acknowledge that adult attitudes and school schedules can both enable and limit children’s creativity. We further assert that the professional exhibition validated children’s processes, competence, cultural funds of knowledge and agency.

Keywordscreativity; meaning making; children’s voices
Year2021
JournalEuropean Early Childhood Education Research
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1752-1807
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2021.1895267
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1350293X.2021.1895267
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Publication dates15 Mar 2021
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Deposited26 Mar 2021, 16:46
Accepted15 Oct 2020
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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