International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 10 Number 7

February 1, 2009

Admitting Their Worlds: Reflections of a Teacher/Researcher on the Self-Initiated Art Making of Children

Vicky Grube
Appalachian State University
Citation: Grube, V. (2009). Admitting their worlds: Reflections of a teacher/researcher on the self-initiated art making of children. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 10(7). Retrieved [date] from
"I'm trying the least of anything to control this drawing ... in fact I want it to run away with me." says Billy, a fifth grader who reads at 13th grade level. He clears his throat and begins to sketch and his stories flood the page. This qualitative research paper looks at what free sketchbook drawing does for a group of boys ages 8-14 who participate in an after-school drawing club. The writing blends critical pedagogy with the influence of the adult media culture (e.g, war, television, movies, video games, and the internet) and my perceptions as researcher/teacher.

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