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It's got the same clouds: young children's concepts of illustrator and artistic style

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This study of the author's two children illuminates the way they learned to recognize illustration' styles from picture books. Before they were five they could name the illustrators of picture books and recognize the same characters in different stories and different characters by the same illustrator. They were able to compare illustrators, recognize different illustrators of the same text, point out where illustrators made mistakes and contrast illustrations with their own drawings.

A work of art is a bridge ... however tenuous, between one mind and another.

Keywords: case study; illustration; picture books; style; young children

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Monash University.

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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