Art and Creativity

Art is important for children especially during their early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood; in other words, art is good brain food! Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self esteem and creativity.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Messy Art: Tickle Your Senses!

Messy Art
Messy Art is fun and provides a delightful way to learn about the world and it's physical properties. Most children love to get their hands into paint and other gooey materials that "tickle their senses." Messy art lets children discover the emotional pleasures of sensory and tactile play while they learn important lessons of cause and effect and the material properties of matter. What’s more, messy art develops important cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. Self directed learning with fluid, sensory and tactile art materials is especially important in early childhood and continues to have benefits for older children as well.

What exactly is "messy art" – is it simply fingerpainting? A lot more, actually. Messy Art is a friendly description for art experiences that involve paint and other fluid materials that change with ease as you manipulate them. These fluid "sensory art" experiences provide children with exciting physical contacts that motivate exploration. The fluid nature of paint provides for dynamic and rapidly changing explorations of color, shape and textures on paper. Children often feel very powerful when painting, because the cause and effect of their actions becomes apparent very quickly. Painting allows children to make decisions rapidly, and to operate more independently than they are usually accustomed to. Paints continuously move and blend, creating new combinations and secondary colors. With just a few swift brushstrokes, an entire painting can change and transform into a new creation. Painting is indeed, a powerful process!

Messy Art activities are one of the best ways to promote early childhood learning. Preschool and Kindergarten provide an especially important opportunity for hands-on, self-directed learning. As children grow and advance through elementary school, art continues to provide opportunities for mastery and learning. Art teaches critical thinking, self-expression, problem solving, individuality, creativity and self-esteem.

Messy Art experiences, those that rely on fluid and tactile art materials, provide children with great reward for their efforts. Not only do children often find it exciting to have the freedom to "get messy," but child development theory teaches us time and time again that tactile and sensory experiences are one of the best ways children learn. So designate an area of your room to messy art, cover tables and floors with newspaper if necessary, and find time to tickle your senses!

10 Comments:

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic article! Can't wait to make some messy art with my classes! : )

 
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At 7:21 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

My 4 year old loves painting, drawing, colouring and in general bring creative for hours. At home she is pretty tidy and not a messy child, she'll wash her hands if they get too messy and let us know if she gets her clothes messy. At kindy we are told that to them seeing a child covered in paint or dirt means that the child has had fun at kindy. However they do not understand, seem to care or listen when I explain that I don't like her being filthy and covered in paint, felt tip and dye that doesn't wash out. Our daughter is incredibly and fiercely independent and has always played both with others and independently. She is not a messy child but I feel that kindy is making her uncomfortable, they even mentioned that she might have to wear a cover apron to avoid messy clothes (yes they have them but don't wear them) but this I feel will single her out which is cruel. Any advice would be helpful? Thank you.

 
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