The art center is a place of creativity and expression. Children use fine motor skills to create and explore colors and textures. We provide the children with a variety of materials to use and allow them to create.
Cookie cutter art is not something you will find on our walls! What is cookie cutter art? This is when children create projects that all look the same and are under a teachers direction. While these are usually cute, children learn very little with these type of projects.
Process art is a way for children learn by doing things on their own with little to no guidance from a teacher. Children are able to take materials and create their own product by experimenting, trial and error and using their imagination. Teachers will guide children as they need.
Pre-writing skills are built in the art center as children learn to hold pencils, crayons and markers. As they get older they begin to “write”. This will help them learn to turn those scribbles into letters.
Children are encourage to draw and write whatever they can imagine. Teachers will have children tell them about their picture. Then, they will write down what the child says and read it back to them. This process helps children connect that what they say can be written down and read. Pre-writing and pre-reading skills in one activity!
At home you can create all sorts of art! Draw pictures of the items you need to buy at the store ,draw family pictures to hand on the wall, or “write” a note to a special friend and mail it.
What are your favorite art activities to do at home?