I have become fascinated over the past year by the process of creating art in general, but particularly my interest lies in the art of young children. How do they learn to express themselves through different media? What is the difference between "abstract" and representational art, and how do they develop the skills to actually picture something in their minds and then bring it to life? How can we cultivate a child's artistic abilities from the time she is young?
Two of my favorite blogs recently posted very good articles on this topic:
The Artful Parent :: Top 10 Art Materials for Preschoolers
Paint Cut Paste :: Making Art At Home: My Favorite Art Supplies for Toddlers