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Patterns of Artistic Development in Children : Comparative Studies of Talent - Constance Milbrath

Patterns of Artistic Development in Children

Comparative Studies of Talent

By: Constance Milbrath, Tom Houston (Photographer)


Published: 25th November 2010
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This book traces the development of artistic talent from early childhood to adolescence through a series of studies that look comparatively at development in talented and less-talented populations. It presents a model of artistic talent that attributes individual differences to the figurative abilities of talented children. The model proposes that artistic talent results from the continual coordination of heightened figurative abilities with conceptual processes throughout a period critical in semiotic development. The studies focus on the development of form, spatial relationships and composition. Milbrath's theory is richly supported by original examples of children's artwork.

Review of the hardback: 'An intriguing theory ...' Janine Spencer, The Times Higher Education Supplement

List of Tablesp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Representation of Form and Space
Perspective on Drawing: Deriving a Developmental Model for Artistic Talentp. 3
The Role of Figurative and Operative Processes in Talent: A Working Hypothesisp. 9
Conception, Perception, and Production in Children's Drawingsp. 13
The Role of Visual Exploration, Memory, and Representation in Drawingp. 29
Summary and Predictionsp. 41
Samples and Methods for the Spontaneous Drawings Studiesp. 46
Identifying Talentp. 46
Sampling and Design for Studiesp. 49
From Line to Representaionp. 61
The Elements of Drawingp. 64
Line, Shape, and Plane in the Spontaneous Drawings Studiesp. 67
Qualitative Illustrations of Similarities and Differences in Drawings of Talented Less Talented Childrenp. 80
Conclusionsp. 95
The Human Figurep. 98
The Human Figure Emergesp. 98
Development of Figure Proportionsp. 111
Development of Figure Rotation in the Spontaneous Drawings Studiesp. 115
Case Studies of the Development of Rotation in Talented Childrenp. 134
The Evolution of Single Viewpointp. 146
Toward Realism in Representing Spacep. 148
Tracing the Development of Perspective in the Spontaneous Drawings Studiesp. 156
Case Studies of the Development of Perfective Drawingp. 182
Conclusionsp. 200
Putting Pictorial Space Togetherp. 213
Developmental Changep. 215
Development Rate in the Spontaneous Drawings Studiesp. 224
Individual Trajectories for Talented Childrenp. 230
Composing the Picturep. 257
Principles of Compositionp. 259
Studies of Children's Artistic Compositions and Aesthetic Experiencep. 267
Compositions by Talented Childrenp. 278
Conclusionsp. 283
Conducting the Composition Study: Methods and Proceduresp. 285
Composition Tasks and Proceduresp. 286
Analyzing the Children's Compositionsp. 304
The Compositions Studiesp. 309
Analyzing Children's Free Compositionsp. 310
Analyzing the Provoked Compositionsp. 324
Conclusionsp. 349
Toward a Model of Artistic Developmentp. 355
An Integrated Model of Artistic Developmentp. 362
Appendixesp. 375
Bibliographyp. 401
Indexp. 417
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ISBN: 9780521155625
ISBN-10: 0521155622
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.64