Artistic explorations that mainly flow through the fields of drawing

by David Esling

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/07/2024

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781982299095
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781982299118
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781982299101

About the Book

This second book by David Esling is a worthy companion for its predecessor “A FLOWING THROUGH”. We read again the narrative of a teacher’s creative approaches for teaching and learning within a primary school in a socially disadvantaged suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, towards the end of his career. “A FLOWING THROUGH TOO” discusses a series of artistic explorations that flow from simple staring points, pass by milestones and finish with polished achievements. The inspirational stories of his explorations with the children by his side will captivate the hearts and minds of student teachers, teachers, teachers of teachers and all those who love to work alongside children. The text of each explorative journey is accompanied by the teacher’s photographs and include relevant and interesting conversations between the participants. Together, they bring the stories back to life and invite the reader to sit alongside and participate in the explorations. The children’s art, mainly drawing, was often outstanding, but the journey rather than the destination carried the greater significance. Their emerging skills as observers and the developing expertise in their interpretations of what they could see were remarkable. However, David used art as a means of reaching out to children, many of whom had no wish to attend school. Their shared successes brought about a dramatic rise in the children’s self-esteem, a more positive attitude towards learning, and improving the relationships with each other. School became an exciting place as the teacher and the children together played the active roles of teachers and learners. They were learning how to learn.

About the Author

David Esling was well known for his creative approaches to teaching and learning during his 37 years as a Primary School teacher in Tasmania. His expertise covered “Children Writing”, “Visual Arts”, “Practical Mathematics”, and “Problem solving”. He was an author of several articles for educational journals and a speaker at several institutions of learning.