© 2017

Drawing as Language: Celebrating the Work of Bob Steele

  • Marni J. Binder
  • Sylvia Kind

Part of the Transdisciplinary Studies book series (TDSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Marni J. Binder
    Pages 1-12
  3. Marne St. Claire
    Pages 13-24
  4. Kit Grauer, Peter Scurr
    Pages 25-35
  5. Michael J. Emme
    Pages 37-47
  6. Eileen Adams
    Pages 49-61
  7. Pamela Proctor
    Pages 63-81
  8. Nadene Guiltner
    Pages 83-100
  9. Sylvia Kind, Cindy Lee
    Pages 101-116
  10. Michael Wilson
    Pages 117-129
  11. Nadine M. Kalin
    Pages 131-133
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 135-137

About this book


Drawing as Language: Celebrating the Work of Bob Steele is a Festschrift in honour of Bob Steele, Professor Emeritus, artist, educator and tireless advocate for bringing authentic aesthetic lived experiences to young children. Bob Steele’s prolific contribution to the field of visual arts education recognizes the importance of drawing for everyone, but especially with young children. As an artist-teacher-researcher Bob has devoted decades to developing understandings of drawing as language. He is a progressive thinker with commitment and passion, and through a lifetime of work has provoked serious engagement with children’s drawing processes: how children learn through drawing, through authentic experiences with their sensory world, and through their intense engagement with stories. In this unique collection we have invited educators and scholars whose work represents the ongoing influence of the ideas and teachings of Bob Steele: what he has brought to the field of art education, early childhood studies, and curriculum studies in general. It traces the history and development of his ideas. The reader is taken through his journey as a young educator in rural Saskatchewan, Canada to significant moments in his teaching and his work. The voices of the contributors offer an insightful alternative into how drawing need not be limited to a particular discipline but can be language of communication; a language that significantly matters in the daily lives and learning not just only for children, but for those who also work with them. We hope this Festschrift inspires you to think about the drawings of children differently and take your understanding to a new level.


early childhood drawing drawing as language art education visual arts

Editors and affiliations

  • Marni J. Binder
    • 1
  • Sylvia Kind
    • 2
  1. 1.Ryerson UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Capilano UniversityCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Drawing as Language: Celebrating the Work of Bob Steele
  • Editors Marni J. Binder
    Sylvia Kind
  • Series Title Transdisciplinary Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6300-980-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages CXXXVIII, 24
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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