Abstract

Labitsi, Vasiliki
Great Britain
D.68 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 10:30 - 11:00, Room D2
Visual narrative in children’s books and drawings: The Greek case.
Visual narrative plays a key role in how children develop and communicate ideas and thoughts about themselves and the world. From approximately the age of five, drawing is typically one of the primary vehicles for narrative making. Providing children with opportunities for developing their visual narrative making ability is important, therefore. Yet, this is not addressed very much in primary art education. Children's illustrated books could make an appropriate recourse in this regard. Visual narrative is a central feature in illustrated books that abound in every primary classroom, and constitute a diverse and inexpensive resource. But before visual narrative can become a focus of study in art education a need was identified to investigate the present state of children’s ability to create visual narrative and develop understanding about the gap between professional illustrators’ and children’s practice. This presentation reports findings of research into visual narrative in 8-year old children’s drawings in Greece. Using a conceptual framework that draws from visual semiotics I discuss how children employ various visual narrative resources in order to construct meaning in their drawings and give examples of how book illustration appears to inform their work.
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