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What happens when I intentionally plan experiences for children that draw from the
knowledge of their culturally diverse foundations?
This study focused on themes, and subject matter of visual learning, art, and creativity
around which I encouraged children to create art and crafts that reflected their cultural
experiences. The art and craft, in this case, was concerned mainly with everyday life, festivals,
holidays, and illustrations of fairytale and folktales borrowed from popular culture. Through
cultural representation, children engage in activities that challenge them and once which have
meaning in their lives. The essence of culture for children occurs in language, objects, and
events, which children create in imposing meaning on the world surrounding them. Therefore,
games, style of clothing, taste in music, and other shared observations revealed children's culture.
In this creative, unique, and fun class, children learned about creative traditions from
cultures around them. The drawing materials and tools included various pencils, chalks, crayons,
paints, inks, and makers. The papers that were used for this exercise included newsprints,
computer papers, sugar papers, and recycled papers. For the less experienced children, gave out
free experiments on papers that required them to draw various kinds of shapes and lines that they
understood and experienced based on various abilities. For more experienced children, I chose a
theme that is relevant to children's experience. Through asking them questions, they came up
with drawings, images, and skills which they consider cultural practices.
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Fig1: A portrait of "My Family."
For the first illustration, I encouraged the first participant to talk about his family as a
way of stimulating his visual responses. The child talked about the things he enjoyed doing with
his family. In this specific representation, the child shows the activities they engage in while at
home, describing the setting like a home and the environment they enjoy playing games with his
family members. This drawing expresses the experiences of the child, especially involving his
family life. This portrait illustrates the child's story through everyday experiences. Through this
portrait, the child expresses an understanding of cultural symbol and the way in which this
understanding connects to him, including her own sense of place. Children's experiences win
making and appreciating art forms from their culture helps in understanding their culture.
For the next activity, I gave my second participant the chance of thinking of a story or
secret place or painting. For this specific activity, I gave her an example of what I needed to be
the imagined place or creature that she was supposed to present. As he worked through this, I
encourage the child to think about what he had imagined in this place creature or the place and
the specific look, the particular life of the creature and what seemed unusual about it. I also
asked him to imagine what the secret place would seem like and the specific things that made
this place secret. Through this practice, I was encouraging a culture imagination, where the child
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