Volume 16 Review 1 August 29, 2015

“It’s About Inspiring Fantasies:”
A Review of George Szekely’s Play and creativity in art teaching

Marta Cabral
Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

Book Reviewed: Szekely, G. (2015). Play and creativity in art teaching. New York, NY: Routledge.

Citation: Cabral, M. (2015). “Its about inspiring fantasies: A review of George Szekely’s Play and creativity in art teaching. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 16(Review1). Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v16r1/.


It’s a hot summer day. My three-year-old nephew and I take shelter in the shade of our beach umbrella after another swim in the sea. As I pull out my pencil to make a note on page forty-two, he eagerly grabs it from me. “I wanna draw too!” he demands. “Can I have your sketchbook please?” He flips through the pages of Play and creativity in art teaching looking for places to draw. Finding the blank pages at the end, which I was planning to use for my own notes, he draws a long eventful line. He then hands the pencil back to me, and we take turns drawing, narrating our movements out loud: “I’m picking up your line and taking it all the way up, making an edge, then a round shape, then all the way down and then it goes to have a drink of water from the river,” he explains. 

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