The Art Class
Ms. Lexi takes an interdisciplinary approach to art with young children. Children are exposed to innovative projects that incorporate art and science concepts. Class topics include print-making, fashion design, and bridge building. Children are encouraged to take risks, express themselves, and follow their own interests. Many projects also foster collaboration which helps build social skills. Each 90-minute class begins with a warm up to introduce a key concept or technique. Children then dive in and engage with an array of tools and materials. We focus on each child’s process rather than the product. Class ends with a short discussion where children have the opportunity to share their work and get inspired.
ART PROMOTES CREATIVITY
According to the International Child Art Foundation, “Research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property—key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century.”
ART ENCOURAGES NEURAL CONNECTIONS
Art employs all the senses—sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Children’s brain synapses fire away as they experiment and create with a variety of materials.
ART BUILDS FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Gripping a paintbrush, holding a crayon, cutting with scissors, or squeezing a glue bottle all require increasing amounts of dexterity and coordination.
ART DEVELOPS PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITIES
Open-ended, process-oriented art is an endless opportunity for children to make choices, predict outcomes, and draw conclusions. All of these habits of thinking are vital for development.
ART HELPS CHILDREN CONNECT
Art helps children connect to one another through collaboration, sharing materials, and discussing their art. Art creates a common ground for children who don’t know each other and who may or may not be interested in the same things. It is also a way for children to communicate with others non-verbally.
Adapted from The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity, © 2013 by Jean Van’t Hul. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston, MA.