In brief

13th February 1998 at 00:00
TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN TO DRAW. By Grant Cooke, Deidre Griffin and Maureen Cox. Falmer Press Pounds 10.95

Anyone looking for a way of helping very young children draw with confidence will find this book interesting.

Illustrated case studies show how groups of five to seven-year-olds can be encouraged to look carefully and critically at a range of objects and draw them with a good degree of accuracy.

The key is a process described as "negotiated drawing", which uses story telling and drama techniques to help children see objects in an imaginary context, encouraging them to develop drawings with an exciting narrative quality. It contains a range of practical information in a readable format.

Malcolm Lockey is director of Arts in Education Network .

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