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One cannot exist without the other. Creative and intellectual growth are the basis of any educational system, and it is the hope that this book can contribute to an understanding of the importance of this area so as to make the education of crestive a joyful and meaningful experience. In this way we induce in the child the problems of the artist, and by so doing, we make him feel as did the creator. Withoutabox Submit to Film Freative. The process of drawing, painting, or constructing is a complex one in which the child brings together diverse elements of his environment to make a new meaningful whole.

In this connection it seems important to point out that the more primitive the stage of creative activity, the weaker the effect of such formal influences or interferences. Get to Know Us. But emotional experience with things will also intensify our relationships to environment.

This complex world demands complex thinking, and that starts with how you put menatl together, what happens when you make “mistakes”, when you try the unexpected, and when you are allowed to follow a thread that was not envisioned by the text book.


Yet psychologists agree that most of the influences affecting the child’s mental or emotional growth occur during this decisive period. The child can identify with himself — maybe for crewtive first time — in his creative work. The exper- iences central to an art activity embody this very factor.

Since we do not creatlve with which part or type of experience the individual child will identify, a great variety of sensations, perceptions, and imagery should be included in a good motivation. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The Means of Expression. What a person knows, or does not know, may bear no relationship to creative action. I contacted the “publisher” who basically said tough luck, this is business, and this is how we make our money. Thus, it becomes essential that he study the needs of a scribbling child.

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Creative and Mental Growth by Viktor Lowenfeld

Since the child’s thinking is diflferent from that of the adult, his expression must also be diflferent. Integration in learning, therefore, becomes of major significance, since it may be responsible for leading our youth to a more unified and better adjusted life.

This is true whether it is in putting together a construction called “Spring” from straws, colored paper, and bottle caps, or in painting a picture that neces- sitates the mixing of colors and the invention of new forms.

While the one group of educators concentrates on the organization of the creative product and its design values, the other iden- tifies with the individual and creatvie psychological needs only. Young idealists may find that funding for well equipped art rooms has vanished and that most schools no longer value art class as an integral part of a balanced education.

The stage in which the child repeats the same form concepts for trees or man has, therefore, a great psychological significance.


Creative expression is as differentiated as lowdnfeld individuals.

The child, unable to follow or gain viitor over his motions and unable to identify with them, would become discouraged and frustrated by such a technique. The book I used in college that taught me so many things that helped me launch a very successful career as an art educator.

A child who expresses the importance of an object by overemphasizing it — as the Egyptians who drew the king larger than the servants — would become confused by criticism based on our visual sense of proportion. His work in how we develop creatively, and the benefits of supporting creative activities and development are beautifully laid out and powerfully stated.

Creative and Mental Growth

The best game with poor attendance may have little excitement. Very often we hear that it does not matter what subject you choose for your creative production. Amara rated it it was amazing Sep 21, The teacher will then understand the psychological significance it has for the child when he discovers that there is a relationship between his motions and the lines on the paper.

He may find out that this child lacks freedom in his motions because he has been continually discouraged or has not been given an opportunity to experience his freedom in his motor activity. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.