For the young child, art is a way of solving problems, conceptualising the world, and creating new possibilities. In Everyday Artists, the author addresses the disconnect that exists between the teaching of art and the way young children actually experience art. In doing so, this book questions commonly held notions and opens up exciting new possibilities for art education in the early childhood classroom. A practicing teacher herself, Bentley uses vignettes of children's everyday activities from block building to clean-up to outdoor play to help teachers identify and scaffold the genuine artistic practice of young children.
Dana Frantz Bentley is a teacher researcher and preschool teacher at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She received a Doctorate of Education, Art, and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.