Donnish Journal of Fine and Studio Art

February 2016 Vol. 2(1), pp. 001-005

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Original Research Paper

‘Translation’ of Children’s Pre-schematic Art to Designs for Printed Textiles

Johnson Efiong Ekanem

Department of Fine and Industrial Arts, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Uyo, P.M.B. 1017, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State (520001), Nigeria.

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Accepted 30th January, 2016.


Artists are constantly in search of fresh ideas for their creations. The search often times produces design data that add novelty to their repertoire and this has been noticed in both ancient and modern arts. Having noticed that children’s art have been copied by adults and utilized for gainful designs without acknowledgement or reward, this writer was motivated into looking at the possibilities of using the drawings and paintings of children at their pre-schematic stage of creative development, for printed textiles, with due acknowledgement. This paper is a product of research through informal children’s art workshops carried out in rural and urban areas in Enugu and Akwa Ibom states of Nigeria between 1993 and 1994. Selected works from the children were subjected to studio experimentation to create designs suitable for printed textiles. Findings show that the struggle at representation reflected in the drawings of this group and their bizarre use of colour has presented peculiar effects needed for designing printed textiles. It is the belief of the researcher that the final products borrowing from the children’s intellectual property will appeal to everyone.

Keywords: Children, Pre-schematic, Arts, Designs, Printed textiles, Translation

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Johnson Efiong Ekanem. ‘Translation’ of Children’s Pre-schematic Art to Designs for Printed Textiles. Donnish Journal of Fine and Studio Arts 2(1) 2016 pp. 001-005.

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