Welcome to Art Play Children Learning

Hello everyone!

I’m Louisa Penfold – I work as a curator with children in art museums. I am also currently doing my PhD in Education at the University of Nottingham. I started this website back February 2016 not really knowing where it would go. I had worked for numerous years as a learning curator with children in Australian art museums and was aware of the limited resources for practitioners in the field.

Check out the video below to hear what Art Play Children Learning is all about…

I created this website to support artists, designers and educators to construct children’s creative learning environments.

I am really interested in how the arts and artist’s experimental processes can be used to support children’s divergent learning.

On this website you will find all different sorts of posts exploring ideas such as ‘what is pedagogy,’ ‘why does play matter’ as well as different tips and techniques for supporting children’s creative learning.

To navigate your way through these posts, I have created a directory with six different key sections. You can find these under the ‘Directory’ heading at the top of the page. These are art, materials, play, learning, reflections on children’s learning spaces as well as a final section on my PhD research which is looking at young children’s learning in art museums.

I am sure many of you have lots of interesting insights on these topics so please feel to leave a comment, sign up for the mailing list and be a part of these conversations.

I hope you enjoy the website!

P.S. Thanks to Stefan Zander for filming the video.


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  1. Suzana Miletic
    29th September 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Hello Louisa, I am an Early Years Educator from Ontario, Canada. My encounter with your blog could’t be more timely, as our team is exploring and learning together about creative ways to suport childrens’ explorations and expressions throug art. I will definitelly share this blog with the team as a way of supporting our reflective practice . Thank You!

    • louisapenfoldblog
      2nd October 2018 / 1:24 pm

      Hi Suzana, nice to hear from you! Your teams work around children’s experimentation with art sounds great, please let me know how it goes xx

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