Families may be surprised to know that when it comes to arts and crafts projects, there is more than one way to approach an activity. Families are likely more familiar with product-focused art, which is when a child begins a project knowing what the end product should look like and they follow a set of instructions to get to their goal. At Educational Playcare, we believe in learning through play, therefore, we use processed-focused art in our classrooms instead.
What is Process-Focused Art?
Process-focused art is when a child is given an open-ended project and they have the opportunity to express themselves through their work. Though process-focused art can end up being a gift or decoration, the artwork itself is developed through your child’s individual discovery and creativeness.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC, describes process-focused art experiments as having some of the following characteristics:
- There are no step-by-step instructions.
- There is no sample for children to follow.
- There is no right or wrong way to explore and create.
- The art is focused on the experience and on exploration of techniques, tools, and materials.
- The art is unique and original.
- The experience is relaxing or calming.
- The art is entirely the children’s own.
- The art experience is a child’s choice.
What are the benefits of processed-focused art?
Process-focused art also allows children to practice their fine motor skills, however, how and what they practice ends up being up to the child and how they decide to create. They can practice with their scissors, they can gasp different types of materials, squeeze bottles of paint or glue, etc. With process-focused art, it is all about the discovery. This allows your child to focus on being creative and learn to have the confidence to explore and experiment. Processed-focused art also provides plenty of opportunity to problem solve. Most importantly, process-focused art is FUN, which is one of Educational Playcare’s Core Values.
What are some fun process-focused art projects families can do at home?
- Adding food coloring to bubbles and blowing bubbles onto paper
- Freezing ice cubs with food coloring and painting with different colored ice cubes
- Painting with bubble wrap
- Using recycled boxes to create sculptures
- Painting with a funnel
- Tape crayons or markers to trucks or cars and color paper while driving their cars around
- Stamping with apples cut in half
- Painting with objects other than brushes such as feathers, cotton balls, or pasta
- Create collages using different types of materials
- Painting a pumpkin
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