April 15, 2012

Using Judgement and Problem Solving in Art

While making art, children are constantly making decisions. Deciding how to use line, shapes, form and color can be daunting, as well as exciting.   I think this is the reason most children love making art. Almost every other aspect of their life is controlled- school, home, even ‘play dates’.  Remember when you just went to your friend’s house (randomly) and asked if they could come out and play? It seems so much of our children’s lives are super-structured.  Art is not like that.  If you are starting with paper and art materials, whether they are colored pencils, paint, clay, etc. nothing is done for the child.  The child must create their own world.  They have control, and that is a wonderful thing.


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