Research

This multicultural collection of child art has served researchers and professionals from disciplines including art history, art education, children’s literature, elementary education, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. The ICCA is part of Special Collections at Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. The collection contains more than 8,500 original artworks form over 50 countries currently viewable on slides located in the University Archives.

Milner Library is at the beginning stages of digitizing this culturally expansive resource with a goal to provide electronic access to the majority of the artwork.  Digitizing this valuable resource of children’s original artwork will provide rich resources to students, researchers, educators, and the public at large.
Researchers from The Ohio State University, Indiana University, as well as Illinois State University have analyzed images and information from the collection for a variety of studies. Authors have used selected artworks from the collection to illustrate concepts in texts, books, presentations, and articles.

For additional information about the collection, please contact the ICCA Curator.

Selected publications and presentations including ICCA information and images:
Anderson, Frances E. Art for All the Children: Approaches to Art Therapy for
      Children With Disabilities 2nd ed. Springfield, Ill.: C.C. Thomas, 1992.

Anderson, Frances E. Art for All the Children: a Creative Sourcebook for the
      Impaired Child. Springfield, Ill.: Thomas, 1978.

Barroqueiro, Daniella and Barry E. Moore The International Collection of Child Art:
      Reflecting the Visual Culture of Childhood. National Art Education Association
      Convention. New Orleans, LA. 30 March, 2008.

Hobbs, Jack A., Jean C. Rush. Teaching Children Art. Waveland Press, Long Grove, Ill, 2006.

Klein, Sheri. “Rockets to Rainbows: Humor as Conflict Resolution in Child Art.” Intercom: Indiana
      Center on Global Change and World Peace
. Autumn 1992: 1-5.

Lonbom, Kathleen. Global Perspectives: a Celebration of Children’s Art and Imagination. 
      World Library and Information Congress: 74th International Federation of Library Associations &
      Institutions Conference and Council.Quebec, Canada. 12 August, 2008.

McFee, June King and Rogena M. Degge.. Art, Culture, and Environment : A Catalyst For Teaching.
      Dubuque, Iowa : Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co.:c1980.

Moore, Barry E. and Richard A. Salome, Children's Art [filmstrip], Chicago : International Film Bureau,
      Inc., 1979.

Perez, Jeannine.  A Cross-National Study of Child Art:Comparing for Universal and Culturally
      Influenced Characteristics
. Diss. Illinois State University, 1993.

Wachowiak, Frank and Robert D. Clements. Emphasis Art : A Qualitative Art Program for Elementary
      and Middle Schools.
 8th ed. Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2006.