- Lev Vygotsky
Process art projects are a wonderful example of process based learning experiences. Process art is child-led, choice-driven, open-ended, and celebrates the experience of discovery. The final product of process art will have no right or wrong answers and will be unique and original.
- express themselves creatively and imaginatively.
- gain confidence in themselves and their own ideas.
- learn about the possibilities and limitations of various materials.
- use problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- ask questions, discuss, and experiment.
- embrace experimentation and mistakes as part of the learning process.
- (and, of course) advance their fine and gross motor skills.
Here are some tips for leading processed-focused art at home from the National Association for the Education of Young Children:
- Approach art like open-ended play — for example, provide a variety of materials and see what happens as the child leads the art experience
- Make art a joyful experience. Let children use more paint, more colors, and make more and more artwork
- Provide plenty of time for children to carry out their plans and explorations
- Let children come and go from their art at will
- Notice and comment on what you see: Look at all the yellow dots you painted
- Say YES to children’s ideas
- Offer new and interesting materials
- Play music in the background
- Take art materials outside in the natural light
- Display children’s books with artful illustrations, such as those by Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert, and Javaka Steptoe
- Let the children choose whether their art goes home or stays in the classroom
- Remember that it’s the children’s art, not yours
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cups almond flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt