A is for Art

If you are around young children, you probably know that they LOVE spotting things.
The smaller the better .


That’s why these two art books published by @paninieditoreragazzi are rather great.


They feature 47 artworks by the masters of Western painting from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, each hiding a number or a letter (some are really tricky!).


His eyes glued onto the artwork, the child learns to observe whilst having fun.What you may not know is that very young children (12-18 months) are great observers already, and that they are extremely sensitive to fine detail.


All toddlers go through this phase of strong interest for very small objects: they can spot tiny creatures in the grass as well as things on the floor or ‘insignificant’ details in images.

That’s why I often say to prefer realistic, detailed illustrations in children's books.

In the first Montessori schools, founded in the early 1900s in highly-Catholic Italy, children were regularly exposed to historic and sacred art, the artworks would be often rotated.
Raphael’s painting ‘The Madonna della Seggiola’ was taken as symbol of the Children’s Houses, as these represented not just progress for the society and humanity, but also elevation and progress of motherhood.

Maria Montessori observed that children were surprisingly able to see tiny details in paintings that she herself had never noticed before, and they would spend much time staring at them, focused and content.

Now,
I’m not suggesting that you wallpaper your child’s bedroom with paintings by Gustavo Doré.
but maybe we want to rethink our idea that children need a simplified representation of reality in books, toys and items around the house.
Let’s get art prints, or art books like these ones, and as soon as it will be possible again let’s take children to museums.
They may see in art much more than we do.



 

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