My philosophy for art with kids can be summed up in the words of the beloved Miss Frizzle:
“Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Get Messy!”
I believe in process-focused art. I believe in providing children with open-ended art activities that are unique and original because they are completely driven by your child. They choose the direction and the outcome. They have freedom to explore and try new things, to discover “what happens if I do this?”
So often the ‘art’ activities we provide for our children unintentionally set them up for failure. The arts and crafts activities you find in stores or that children often experience in classrooms or clubs are designed with an end product in mind. These product-focused projects give children instructions to follow, a sample to copy. There’s an end result in mind from the beginning and a right or wrong way to proceed. We “fix” their mistakes or try to correct them when they venture off the path to the finished product. These types of projects often lead to frustration for both the child and the teacher. And worst of all, leave a child feeling like they aren’t creative.
I am not saying there isn’t a time or place for crafts, they can be fun and can help children learn to follow directions and develop fine motor skills. But lets not confuse crafts with art.
I am heartbroken when I hear a kid say she isn’t good at art. Because that simply isn’t true.
Everyone is good at art.
Everyone is good at art, because art is not about what you create, it’s about the process in which you created it. It’s about exploring new techniques, tools and mediums. It’s about expressing yourself and your creativity. This is what I want to share with my daughters. I want them to fall in love with creating and exploring and imagining. I want them to be brave enough to try something new, to get a little messy. Because that is when the best discoveries are made.
I created this website to share my journey with offering process-focused art and sensory activities for my girls and what I am learning along the way. I hope the activities and experiences I share with you will encourage and inspire you on your own journeys of providing creative opportunities for your children.
Let’s Start Some Art!
Once the glue outline was completely dry I set out a sheet of hearts for each of my girls along with some paint brushes and liquid watercolours. You could also use watercolour paint pods that you buy in trays to create the same effect. This time I used the liquid watercolours because I wanted to specifically set out pinks and reds for Valentine's Day. I gave them 3 colours to paint with mixing our watercolours with a bit of water to give them a softer feel. Once they were dry we cut out our hearts which we will add to our valentine cards in the next few weeks!