Introduction: Observation of Feelings
The Assignment
Describing “how a child does what” helps us understand a childs feelings. Observing art activities allows a unique insight into every child, for no two children work with materials in the same way. Observe a child during an art activity. In the following section, complete each of the applicable items you observed. Give a brief statement for each applicable item. Be sure to identify where you did your observation, age group, setting and goal of the activity. Use descriptive language to “paint a picture” of the observation experience and feelings observed.
USE ATTACHED FORM WHEN YOU DO OBSERVATION. YOU MUST INCLUDE IT AS A SCANNED DOCUMENT TO YOUR ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION TO BLACKBOARD.
Grading Criteria:
Give a brief statement for each applicable item, using 3-4 complete, descriptive sentences for each area: movement, facial expression, sounds and language and summary
(Use the attached Observation Document to construct your responses)
Movement: (20 points)
What is the childs posture like? What is the rhythm of body movements? What is the tempo of the body movements? How much and what kind of effort does the child expend? What kind of freedom does the child show in his or her body movements?
Facial Expression: (20 points)
Describe the eyes of the child during the activity. Describe the mouth.
Sounds and Language: (20 points)
From the items observed above, what can be surmised about the childs emotional response to the materials? About the childs self-awareness and self-concept?
If the voice is used, what is it like? What does the child say? (Direct quotes, if possible) Does the child chant, sing, use nonsense syllables or phrases, or tell stories while working?
Summary of Observation: (20 points)
Describe the childs self-awareness and self-concept as reflected in the use of art materials.
Completed Observation Verification form from at least a 3 star facility
Signed Observation Form (20 points)
Resource:
Textbook Ch 3, Observation Verification Form