Preparing Young Children to Respond to Art in the Museum

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Brigham Young University - Provo

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Stewart, Nancy L.
Brigham Young University - Provo
museum; kindergarteners; previewing experience; collaborative; open-ended problem solving; Art Practice
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This thesis describes a research study which the Investigator prepared and documented. It involved two groups of five kindergarten children who were prepared by the Investigator to view one artwork in a museum. Children were prepared to view the artwork by exploring and solving open-ended design problems with large shapes, one-third the size of those in the artwork. The Investigator guided children to respond to the artwork through inquiry and discovery activities related to the artwork's specific characteristics. Findings revealed that kindergarten children enjoyed exploring large shapes and were capable of solving collaborative design problems with the shapes, which prepared them to respond to an artwork with similar shapes.