Since S has started preschool, his interest in our Art Center has really decreased. I am not a "project pusher" and aside from providing opportunity, I don't have a specific agenda with our play areas. However, I did wonder if, in part, his lack of interest in our Art Center had to do with what was on the shelf more than simply being a factor of already having done activities related to art and writing in school each morning. Having a lot of holidays in the last month also meant that this area was closed off for a good portion of each week. Out of sight, out of mind. After the holidays ended, I decided to do a strategic revamp of our Art Center. This time, rather than adding more items in, I actually took a lot of things out. Less is so very often more when it comes to drawing in the interest of young children. Sure enough, S was back at it the very next day, exploring a tray of collage materials in shades of red, yellow and orange.
|He created and dictated a collage story of a train (made from shiny paper shapes) that was carrying leaves up a train track.|
Additionally, children are often taught about primary colors mixing into secondary colors, but not always given the opportunity to explore this, hands-on. Providing individual mediums in primary colors invites the process of color mixing to occur naturally at the hands of young, curious artists.
|A tray of black paper and white chalk and crayons encourage the exploration of light on dark, an extension|
of our Bereishis play theme.
|As an extension on our upcoming theme of rainbows in parshas Noach, I set out a tray of art materials in rainbow colors and some watercolor paints, a brush, and a jar for filling with water to use as S explores the colors of the rainbow and mixing colors together. Art mats, a smock and white paper are provided as always so that any of the materials can be used independently as the inspiration strikes.|