Developing Creative Talent in Art: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - 195 páginas
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Developing Creative Talent in Art is a guide for parents, teachers and others interested in developing creative art talent of young people. Visual art has its own language system by which the artist communicates to others thoughts, ideas and feelings about the world as they see them. First experienced as images and then codified in art language form, information about the world in this dual form is processed by creative imagination to produce original art works. Both the language of visual art and creative processing techniques are presented by example and instructional application so that students can compose art not only intuitively but also at will. The book is based on the assumptions that: (1) being able to recognize and know how to identify creative individuals with special talent in art, guidance can be given to maximize the achievement of their potential; (2) understanding creative imagination as process and skill will provide tools to talented individuals for their development in art; (3) mental images constitute the earliest informational source prior to their symbolization in one language form or another; (4) visual art has its own language, derived at first from mental imagery, and just as someone learns and uses the language of words, the artist learns and uses the language of art in productive expression; (5) individuals can be taught to use creative imagination to process all kinds of information and its art language-imagery correlates to produce original works; and (6) feedback in terms of appraisal of student art is essential to foster and guide developing art talent. We provide information about the nature of creativity and talent approaches to identify individuals possessing these potentials generally and art specifically, the nature of creative imagination and its significance and relevance in art imagery as the language of discovery, and the language of art design as order and composition in art, creative imagination as process and teachable skills, instruction in how they may be used to produce art works with relevant practical exercises, the nature of color and its role in art production, and approaches that can be used to evaluate student art.


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1 The Creatively Gifted
2 Measuring Creative Process
3 Discovering Creative and Talented Individuals
4 Art and Creative Imagination
5 Related Dimensions of Creative Imagination
6 Imagery as Language of Discovery
7 Art Composition as Design
8 Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Applied to Art
11 Producing Art Using Creative Imagination
12 AnalogyMetaphor Making Art
13 The Magic of Color
14 Evaluating Student Artwork
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

9 Art Processed by Other Creative Imagination Techniques
10 Instructional Application in Art

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JOE KHATENA is Professor adn Head Emeritus of the Department of Educational Psychology and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Mississippi State University. Author of numerous books in the field he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Assocaition and a past president of the National Association for Gifted Children.

NELLY KHATENA is a charter member of the National Musuem of Women in the Arts, and a member of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Her art pieces known as the egg series have received wide praise and been exhibited nationally.

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