Artistic Encounters: Ethical Collaborations Between Children and Adults

  • Shana CinquemaniEmail author
Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 21)


Within this chapter, I explore the value of child-led artistic collaborations between adults and children. Through analysis, I conceptualize these as moments that foster co-construction of knowledge and newness in adult/child relationships, and also as ethical encounters grounded in notions of respectful interdependence. Framed as a type of “other than child visual culture and other than adult visual culture” (Wilson, B. (2007). Art. visual culture, and child/adult collaborative images: Recognizing the other-than. Visual Arts Research, 33(2), 6–20.), the collaborative artmaking encounters shared in this chapter challenge traditional ideas of what it means to be a teacher and a student in the early childhood art classroom by confronting established notions about the role of adults in children’s artwork. I discuss the significance of engaging in artmaking encounters alongside young children and how child-led artistic collaborations foster both ethical relationships and a space of mutual transformation among children and adults.


Collaboration Ethical Relationships Teacher Image Child-led 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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