Investigating Preschoolers' Perception of Artists: Drawing an Artist

ÇETİN Z., Tasdemir C. Y.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ART & DESIGN EDUCATION, vol.41, no.1, pp.171-188, 2022 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jade.12399
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Art Source, Design & Applied Arts Index, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.171-188
  • Keywords: concept of artist, preschool, children, children drawings, perception of artist, art education, CHILDRENS, PHENOMENOLOGY, TEACHERS
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed to examine preschoolers' perceptions of the concept of artist. The participants are 10 preschoolers aged 5-6. This study is a phenomenological qualitative research study. First, a short conversation was held with the children about the concept of artist. Then, the children were asked to draw an artist and explain their drawings. Descriptive analysis was used to analyse and interpret children's pictures and responses. The study revealed that the children mostly drew artists in the field of painting. It was also found that most of the children had a tendency to draw artists representing their own gender, and they mostly drew paints and palettes to depict the materials used by artists. It is recommended to introduce less-known / well-known artists, who are interested in art branches other than painting, from local and foreign cultures, considering the age and developmental characteristics of children, within the scope of art activities held in preschool education institutions. In order for children to understand that there are many other branches of art besides painting and that there are many different artists beside painters, teachers may plan different activities such as three-dimensional modelling, photography and graphics within the scope of preschool art activities.