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Children's funny art and the form it can take over time

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Children's untutored graphic representation is best understood as a form of visual communication rather than a form of perceptual development. A descriptive qualitative study was conducted in an attempt to investigate the specific visual and conceptual characteristics of children's humorous images. The participants of the study were 578 children between the ages of 4.5 and 12. They were asked to draw something funny and describe why what they drew was funny. What the children drew and said was coded, recorded and analysed using both qualitative and quantitative methods for different purposes, based on the following questions: Which are the themes of children's humorous art Where are these themes derived from How are the themes of children's humorous art presented The use of statistical analysis helped track correlations between age groups, and different categories and characteristics of children's humorous art. No significant gender differences were found in children's humorous images.
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Keywords: children's humorous art; funny representation; humour development; pictorial humour; sociocultural issues in art; visual communication

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Nicosia.

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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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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