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Transcript of Process Art
Breaking Free From Crafts
What Are the Benefits?
Self-confidence - "I'm not artistic!"
What About Themes?
Look for jumping-off points in books
What's the Difference?
Have specific steps
Follow a premade model
Often prepared in advance
Have a specific outcome
Leave little room for expression
Often create "clutter"
Does not follow a model
May be abstract
Child knows when it is "done"
Encourages "out of the box" thinking
Engages multiple learning styles
Gives children autonomy
Lack of materials
Resistance from parents
Confused children - "What am I supposed to make?"
Instead of "making birds" paint with feathers
Ocean - make "waves" with paint scrapers
Animals - try collage, dough, sponge painting
Let children experiment with process using a pre-cut shape, or assemble after paint is dry
How It Works In Real Life
Have all materials ready on tables
Give children prompts, not instructions
Don't make a model
Demonstrate - "You can use your paint like this, or this. I wonder what else you could do!"
Avoid labeling children's work "Kylie, is that a dinosaur?"
Explain what's going on to parents in pre-storytme email
Limit access to paintbrushes!
Be prepared for kids with sensory issues
They may need paintbrushes
Gloves may help
BUY BABY WIPES!
I almost always encouraged process art projects much to the dismay of some children! It was a relearning experience for some kids. Now in the library it is many times the parents who want examples to follow not understanding that there is no right or wrong way to do art.
I've noticed parents seem happier with the a+b=c aspect of prepared crafts, but the kids love the challenges of more creative projects and seem far prouder of their finished products. (they also work a lot quieter when they're really building! haha.)
I hate crafts--and coloring pages.
I always say during the program that the goal is to have no two art projects look alike when the kids are done with them, and I do think that some parents really appreciate the opportunity for their kids to express themselves individually through their artistic efforts.
Sometimes there is a little anxiety for kids not used to process art, but they quickly adapt and tell them there is no right or wrong way. The kids look at everyone's finished work and I explain all are special and unique just like the person who did it.
For me, the hardest part of the transition is respecting how much or little time each kid wants to spend. Some kids are interested in exploring the materials for exactly 2 minutes before they want to play and some kids will hang around tinkering for 30+ minutes. I've had to learn to talk to the kids about what they are doing and to ask questions, and model new ideas, without pushing them to do more. When an experience comes along that really grabs that child, they will engage in a deeper way. I just have to make sure I am offering a variety of materials and experiences.
I feel bad when I don't give my kids paint.
What Others Are Saying
(from Storytime Underground)
painting with mud
torn paper bird
crayon resist alligators
"Digby" egg carton paintings
play dough monster
(Colorations brand is excellent)
Art paper - white sulphite
Clothespins - make your own paintbrushes
Items for texture painting - foam, mesh, sponge, bubble wrap
Potato mashers, fly swatters - anything that makes an interesting
Yarn, string, wire
Buttons, spools, beads etc.
Painter's or washi tape
Ingredients for playdough
Pipettes or droppers
ALWAYS USE THE "GOOD PAINT"
Art is not a special occasion!