CDEC 1358
Creative Arts for Early Childhood

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: An exploration of principles, method, and materials for teaching music, movement, visual arts, and dramatic play through process-oriented experiences to support divergent thinking for children birth through age eight.
    2. Required Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Define the creative process
    2. Describe developmental sequences of creative arts
    3. Analyze teacher roles in enhancing creativity
    4. Describe concepts taught through the creative arts
    5. Identify components of creative environments
    6. Assess creative arts activities
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The final exam must be proctored. (ask your instructor for more details)
    2. Students will NOT be allowed to use their book and notes for the final exam
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Assignments         60%
    2. Attendance           20%
    3. Final                       20%
  5. Information on Books
    1. Required Book: Creative Activities for Young Children, 10th Edition Cengage Learning
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Student with disabilities
  7. Course Content
Chapter 1

The Concept of Creativity

Benefits for Teachers and Children
Creativity throughout History
Characteristics of Creative Children
Helping Children Express Creativity

Chapter 2

Promoting Creativity

Relationship between Creativity and Curriculum
Promoting Creativity through Play and Exploration
Modifying Curriculum to Encourage Creativity
Differentiated Instruction and Creative Early Childhood Curriculum
Creative Questioning Strategies to Encourage Creative Thinking

Chapter 3

The Concept of Aesthetics

Developing Children’s Aesthetic Sensitivity
Benefits of Aesthetic Sensitivity
Language for Talking about Art: Art Elements

Chapter 4

Promoting Aesthetic Experiences

Looking and Seeing
Sensing, Feeling, and Imagining
Choosing and Organizing Aesthetic Materials
Guidelines for Using Aesthetic Materials
Talking with Children about their Art

Chapter 5

Children, Teachers, and Creative Activities

Consider the Child’s Developmental Level
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Differentiated Instruction
Multiple Intelligences
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Children with Special Needs
Attention Span, Activity Patterns, and Children’s Physical Needs
Teacher Attitude
Strategies for Success

Chapter 6

Creative Environments

Appropriate Physical Environments
Safety Factors
Arrangement of Space and Equipment
Activity/Interest Centers
Setting up Activity Center
Multicultural Learning

Chapter 7

Play, Development, and Creativity

Concept of Play
Theories of Parten, Smilansky, Piaget, and Vygotsky
Importance of Play to Human Growth and Development
Developmentally Appropriate Childhood Games
Adapting Environments: Special Needs
Violent Play

Chapter 8

Using Technology to Promote Creativity

NAEYC Technology and DAP
Deciding to use Technology: Pros and Cons
Technology that Develops Creativity
Value of Computers in Early Childhood Programs
Developmentally Appropriate Software
Children’s Websites

Chapter 9

Art and Physical-Mental Growth

Art and Physical (Motor) Development
Art and Mental Development
Brain Development: Basic Elements
Critical Periods of Brain Development
Art, Vocabulary Development, and the Total Program

Chapter 10

Art and Self-Emotional Growth

Self-Concept, Self-Acceptance, and Unconditional Positive Acceptance
Planning the Art Program
Child-to-Child Relationships
Child-to-Teacher Relationships
Child-to-Group Relationships

Chapter 11

Developmental Levels and Art

Stages of Art
The Scribble Stage
The Basic Forms/Preschematic Stage
The Pictorial/Schematic Stage
The Gang Stage

Chapter 12

Program Basics: Goals, Setting Up, Materials, and Strategies

Basic Goals of the Early Childhood Program
Basic Set up for Art Activities
Planning Art Activities for Toddlers
Planning Art Activities for Young Preschoolers
Planning Art Activities for Older Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
Adapting Art Activities for Children with Special Needs

Chapter 13


Motivating Children
Development of Painting Skills


Last Modified: January 10, 2017