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.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Paint Outside, Jackson Pollock Style!

Can't find a place to paint inside? Afraid of staining your carpets and floors? Go outside, and leave your worries behind.! Most parents are afraid to bring paint, clay, and fluid art materials into their homes for fear of creating a mess. But paints and other fluid art materials provide tremedous growth and learning opportunities, beside being lots of fun. Let's face it, there's nothing more enchanting to a child than fresh paint, and lots of it. Paints are wet and colorful, they move, mix and blend together quickly, and they plunge you into a sensory experience. No wonder they're so much fun!

Check out this handy art area I created for my own children along the side of my home. They spent hours here, and while it must have felt like a "real art studio," it was really just the fenced in driveway outside our kitchen. Often I would spread out rolls of fabric or paper and give them BioColor to squirt on "Jackson Pollock" style. The colors were always brilliant. Sometimes we would drag small tree branches through the BioColor or sprinkle on glitter and various odds and ends before the paint dried. There was nothing they liked more, and I could see the freedom and joy they felt with this "free-style" painting. By putting the BioColor in Nancy Bottles, I was able to provide some small control over the quantities of paint they used, which gave me a wee bit of comfort. Living in the city of Los Angeles, we have a small yard and not much space. But take my word for it... if anyone can create a home art area while living in LA, you can do it anywhere! Be inspired.


At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! I was just trying to think of a way to create a Jackson Pollock work with my preschoolers. I think I will wait for the snow to melt and go outside.


At 3:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just did Jackson Pollock with 4 year olds. We dropped our foam boards in a large oven-sized box and splattered away. Important to name them when complete. We displayed them at a local theater/arts center and added an 'I SEE...' board for visitors to add their view of the piece. The authors bio written by the kids also hangs close by. They love checking in on what others saw in their art.

At 5:39 AM, Blogger Ben Brannock said...

I did this about two months ago before reading your blog with 3-5 year olds at the daycare I work at. We used big houses brushes and let the kids sling paint at a piece of paper attached to a fence!!

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