“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”
Cowboy Process Art
We have enjoyed this first week of our March unit with Mother Goose Time called “Desert Discovery”. We have been learning about cowboys that have their ranches in desert regions and what they might need to do their jobs. We need boots, hats, lassos and horses, of course, and we have used process art to create them!
What is Process-Based Art?
From the NAEYC website, we find a definition of process art.
Characteristics of process-focused art experiences
There are no step-by-step instructions
There is no sample for children to follow
There is no right or wrong way to explore and create
The art is focused on the experience and on exploration of techniques, tools, and materials
The art is unique and original
The experience is relaxing or calming
The art is entirely the children’s own
The art experience is a child’s choice
Every parent that has received a piece of artwork at the end of the day, and been uncertain about what it should be called. The child, however, knows that it is something special and they are excited to tell all about what they learned and how they made it happen. So, heads up parents, this one is for you!
Mother Goose Time provides these little cards to accompany artwork when it goes home. This gives parents some incite into what the creation is all about, and there is even a prompt to start the conversation about their work. Not all of these cards refer to process-based art projects, but they are still so helpful, and a great way to communicate what we did in class that day.
At this early stage of development, choice is key and it is so wonderful that Mother Goose Time provides opportunities for children to create in a variety of ways. Most of these projects are part of the “Invitation to Create” portion of the lesson plan. This week alone, we used at least 3 different methods of painting. They have painted with rope, spiky balls, sponges and brushes. It is so fun to give children options to meet their creative interests.
We really enjoyed exploring ropes and making lassos- a highlight for the week for sure!
We are excited to see what next week brings us with Mother Goose Time and our “Desert Discovery”!