Kia ora and welcome

Art as Dialogue, the 8th International Art in Early Childhood conference (Thursday 24 January – Sunday 27 January, 2019), is an opportunity to share current research about the role that visual art and aesthetics education play in young children’s lives.  The conference will be hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.

The conference aims to promote and encourage best teaching practice in visual art education for young children, and to encourage dialogue among early childhood teachers and academics about the importance of visual art education for enhancing young children’s learning in the 21st century.

Participants and presenters at the 8th International Art in Early Childhood conference are encouraged to consider:

  • How the visual arts can foster young children’s exploration of the people, places, things and experiences that are meaningful to them.
  • How the visual arts contribute to the development of young children’s working theories, stories and understandings about the world.
  • How children’s cultural citizenship can be fostered through their experiences and (re)interpretations of significant rituals, festivals, and ceremonies in their own culture, as well as those of others, through visual art learning experiences.
  • How young children access and experience a nation’s art taonga (treasures) that are exhibited in art museums and galleries.