Module Title:Visual Arts in Early Childhood
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Module Aim: Students will develop a thorough knowledge of children’s artistic developmental stages and the types of activities appropriate for each stage that is required to enhance their appreciation and experimentation in art activities. This course of study will therefore help students to better understand the stages of development in children as well as explore a wide range of art activities that are interesting and appealing to them. Students will be encouraged to develop educated responses to the visual arts based on exploration of the various facets of art and aesthetics particularly as they relate to Early Childhood so that the students becomes a facilitator in the child’s artistic developmental process as she/he plays a role in fostering the developmental of creativity and imagination in various ways.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a knowledge of children’s sequential stages of development in early graphic expression.
LO2 Plan and execute activities consistent with the children’s developmental stages in the Visual Arts.
LO3 Differentiate the disciplines of the Visual Arts and how they can be integrated into the early years setting.
LO4 Identify strategies and techniques that can be used to support children in visual arts skills.
LO5 Understand the centrality of visual arts in early childhood education
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Growing Trough the Visual Arts
• Developmental stages in child art: • Scribbling to Schematic Stages. • Comparative study of stages of development in child art as outlined in the work of various researchers.
Philosophy of Art
Nature and Value of art in the early years. • Aesthetic issues: • What is Art? • Who is an Artist? • How is art valued in society
Responding to Visual Arts
Introduction to the various styles of art and art movements with which they are associated. • Modern Art movements: • Expressionism • Abstract Art • Installation Art and their relevance to early childhood graphic expression.
Creativity in Early Childhood Practice
• Creativity and the young child • The creative practitioner in early childhood practice. • Exploring creativity in and through the arts and supporting creativity through play and arts-based experiences
Exploring methodologies and materials used in visual arts • Unit planning • Thematic approach • Discussing children’s art work
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Portfolio n/a   100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 1.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 0.50