ecARTnz is an e-magazine of professional practice that show-cases examples of excellent visual art education for infants, toddlers and young children.
Articles are written by early childhood teachers and students working in early childhood centres, academics and researchers. Articles are illustrated with colour
photographs showing both teachers and children engaged in visual art learning experiences.
Web-links to relevant internet sites are also included. The magazine provides information about relevant conferences for teachers. Books, websites and literature on
visual art education for early childhood are reviewed.
You can download each issue for free by clicking the image on the right.
All ecARTnz issues are PDFs and you need Adobe Reader to open them (to download Adobe Reader click here).
Issue 7 Rinaldi (2005) states that “The competent and creative child exists if there is a competent and creative adult” (p.173). The stories profiled in this issue show teachers who are stretching and challenging themselves to be competent and creative teachers and learners alongside children. (PDF, 2.6 MB)
|Issue 6 is presented in a new format with improved e-features. It describes three quality visual art experiences which make links to: written literacy learning, block play, and textiles. (PDF, 4.4 MB)
|Issue 5 examines three examples of quality visual art projects – with flowers and sea creatures, and as a way to explore cultural identity. The
issue also presents some new and inspiring resources that teachers can use to extend their ideas and practice. (PDF, 1.1 MB)
||Special Issue This issue provides an overview of some of the presentations and activities offered at the 4th International Art in Early Childhood
conference Art...Play...Children...Wonderment, which was held in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A, in July 2011. (PDF, 1.4 MB)
|Issue 4 examines a variety of different ways teachers have used art galleries and exhibitions successfully to enrich their visual art programmes.
Also included in this issue is a contribution from Dr David Bell, a senior lecturer at Otago University College of Education. His article examines successful teaching
strategies that can be used with young children in the gallery setting to enhance and enrich their learning. (PDF. 1.1 MB)
|Issue 3 has an environmental and sustainability focus. Articles include: using clay in the art programme for infants, toddlers and young children,
children creating ephemeral art, and the use of Adobe as a construction material for playgrounds. (PDF, 6.1 MB)
Issue 2 examines a range of visual art learning experiences provided for young children. It includes an article by an early childhood teacher
trainee describing how she encouraged children’s art exploration of Matariki. The teaching philosophy and practice of Hamilton artist Gaye Jurasich is described in
another article. In an article from Pigeon Mountain Kindergarten, staff describe how children use photography in new and exciting ways. (PDF, 1.3 MB)
|Issue 1 examines a range of visual art learning experiences provided for infants, toddlers and young children. In an
article from St Andrews Epsom Early Childhood Centre, a teacher examines how she implemented her goal of working more deeply with children’s collaborative art-making.
An article from Aubert Childcare Centre details how staff encouraged an exploration of light with their toddlers. Greytown Kindergarten’s article describes how children
use an Interactive Whiteboard for their art-making. (PDF, 545 KB)