Integrating Art into the Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum

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  • Title: Integrating Art into the Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Author(s): Carol L. Russell
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Keywords: Inclusive creative arts, Art integrated into curriculum, Process over product art, Creativity and brain development, Developmental benefits of art, Creative expression in early childhood, Feedback on children’s art, Art appreciation for children, Art growth process, Creative arts for young children, Inclusive curriculum, Adaptive art curriculum
  • Year: 2018
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-86335-028-0
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-86335-029-7
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-86335-030-3
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Russell, Carol L.. 2018. Integrating Art into the Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-86335-030-3/CGP.
  • Extent: 460 pages


With increased standards, requirements for more assessments, and less time for recess, fun, and learning through play, we have reached a crisis in education of our children. Creativity does not have to end in kindergarten, and can be integrated into the curriculum throughout every child’s education – and yes, you can still meet the standards with the documentation needed! Integrating Art in the Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum, is the culmination of over 40 years of interdisciplinary research and teaching experiences in inclusive arts. It focuses on creative expression of ALL children, birth to age 8, regardless of ability level, culture, or native language. Contemporary creativity theories, brain development, artistic growth, art appreciation, art as communication, and many authentic art experiences with accommodations for individual needs, to "try out on Monday" are provided. The adult reader is encouraged to explore her/his own creativity though suggested activities and journal entries. Authentic creative art experiences should be available to ALL children!