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Art and Creative Development for Young Children, 8th Edition

  • Jill Englebright Fox, PhD
  • Robert Schirrmacher, Ph.D
  • ISBN-10: 128543238X
  • ISBN-13: 9781285432380
  • 400 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

ART & CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, 8th Edition, is a comprehensive, must-have resource for implementing a developmentally appropriate art program. Written for pre-service and in-service early childhood professionals in child care, preschool, and kindergarten through third grade settings, the text takes a child-directed approach to art education. Blending theory and research with practical applications, this book discusses important topics and issues related to creative experience, such as art and the developing child, special needs and diversity, brain research, and children's artistic development. Also discussed are planning, developing, implementing, and assessing art along with strategies for integrating art across the curriculum. The updated Eighth Edition gives greater emphasis to professional standards with NAEYC, DAP, and NAEA standards integrated throughout the text.


  • Abundant classroom-tested activities and recipes in Chapters 2-16 are a valuable resource for in-service teachers.

  • A separate chapter (14) is devoted to understanding the role technology can play in children's visual art appreciation and production.

  • At the beginning of each section, a sample Letter to Families makes it easy for new teachers to share classroom experiences with children's parents and caregivers. These letters are now available on CourseMate as digital downloads.

  • The book stresses the process approach, demonstrating its importance to creative development.

  • Play, music, and movement are discussed as they pertain to children's creativity.

  • An Opportunity for Teacher Reflection boxes encourage readers to think about and discuss complex issues facing young children and their teachers.

  • Hints boxes provide time-saving suggestions, and Something Extra boxes highlight additional information on topics such as "Tailoring Art for Children with Special Needs" (Ch. 4) and "The Reggio Emilia Experience" (Ch. 7).


"An incredible book to encourage students to tap into their own creativity to understand how it feels. . . . It is an indispensible resource that will be used over and over again."
— Patricia Clark, University of Maine, Augusta

About the Author

Jill Englebright Fox, PhD

Jill Englebright Fox is a professor of early childhood education and the Director of Assessment at the University of Houston–¬Victoria. After teaching kindergarten and first grade in the Texas public schools for eight years, she received her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Texas. She continues to be active in early childhood classrooms as a volunteer, a professional consultant, a researcher, and a teacher educator.

Robert Schirrmacher, Ph.D

Robert Schirrmacher was an instructor with the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. He received his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois. His experience includes teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade as well as teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. He has assisted in Montessori schools and directed programs for young children. Dr. Schirrmacher has served as a consultant to parent groups and public and private early childhood programs. As an advocate for developmentally appropriate education and quality care for young children, he has been involved in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Creativity.
2. Creative Thinking.
3. Creative Experiences.
4. Art and the Developing Child.
5. Children's Artistic Development.
6. The Elements of Art.
7. Aesthetics.
8. Sensory Experiences.
9. The Complete Early Childhood Art Program.
10. Child-Centered Art vs. Teacher-Directed Projects.
11. Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Art.
12. Integrating Art across the Early Childhood Curriculum.
13. The Art Center.
14. Art Experiences through Technology.
15. Roles, Responses, and Strategies to Support Children's Art.
16. Art Assessment.

New to this edition

  • Learning Outcomes at the beginning of each chapter correlate with main headings within the chapter and the Summary at the end of the chapter. The outcomes highlight what students need to know to process and understand the information in the chapter. After completing the chapter, students should be able to demonstrate how they can use and apply their new knowledge and skills.
  • A greater integration of NAEYC, DAP, and NAEA professional education standards throughout the text helps students make connections between the standards and what they are learning. This integration is accomplished by Standards Addressed in this Chapter at the beginning of each chapter, icons throughout the chapter indicating where standards-related content is found, and a Standards Correlation Chart on the inside front and back covers that provides a complete list of the standards discussed throughout the book.
  • TeachSource Video boxes introduce footage (accessible at Early Education CourseMate) that helps students relate key chapter content to real-life scenarios. Critical-thinking questions provide opportunities for in-class or online discussion and reflection.
  • Did You Get It? quizzes at the end of each major heading help students measure their performance against the Learning Outcomes in each chapter. One question for each Learning Outcome is featured in the textbook to encourage students to go to, take the full quiz, and check their understanding.
  • A Digital Downloads icon identifies Lesson Plans at the end of each chapter that can be downloaded from CourseMate and used in the classroom. The Lesson Plans provide grade-specific ideas for putting content into practice. Additional Lesson Plans not found in the text are also available for download. (CourseMate is available with the student text.)


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285736788 | ISBN-13: 9781285736785)

An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated Test Bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285736834 | ISBN-13: 9781285736839)

These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285978374 | ISBN-13: 9781285978376)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285771044 | ISBN-13: 9781285771045)

Cengage Learning's new Early Childhood Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Students can access a new integrated eBook, Digital Downloads, flashcards, new videos, and more. Also new is Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that allows you to monitor student engagement in the course. The accompanying instructor website, available through, offers access to password-protected resources such as PowerPoint® lecture slides and the online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank.

Student Supplements

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285771044 | ISBN-13: 9781285771045)

Cengage Learning's new Early Childhood Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access a new integrated eBook, Digital Downloads, flashcards, Web activities and exercises, Web links, TeachSource Video Cases and other videos, and more. Access Early Childhood Education CourseMate through

MindTap Education, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Fox/Schirrmacher's Art and Creative Development for Young Children  (ISBN-10: 1305639863 | ISBN-13: 9781305639867)

MindTap Education for Fox/Schirrmacher's Art and Creative Development for Young Children, 8th Edition helps you learn on your terms. INSTANT ACCESS IN YOUR POCKET. MindTap Mobile App lets you learn on your terms. Read or listen to the book and study with flashcards and practice quizzes. MINDTAP HELPS YOU GEAR UP FOR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. Stay motivated toward your goals. Master concepts critical for a great teacher with this personalized, customizable learning platform. Practice concepts, create tools, and demonstrate performance and competency. Prepare a portfolio to build and show to future potential employers even after this course ends. And, plan your state licensure for a successful teaching career. MINDTAP HELPS YOU OWN YOUR PROGRESS. MAKE THE BOOK YOURS. Combine your own creativity with theory from the course to solve real teaching challenges. Highlight key text, add notes, and create custom flashcards for study guides.