I’m excited to be back this week for the Pre-K Partner’s Learning Centers Blog Hop Series! This week we are highlighting one of my favorite centers the art studio.
Art in my classroom is a big part of the learning process, it’s a way for children to express themselves, but it is also a way to anchor children’s inquires of learning,
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Sometimes teachers of young children use “art” to refer too spontaneous, open ended and often messy exploration of color or texture with little or no teacher’s direction or involvement.
We like to see “art” to describe a lively process of engagement with a range of materials, an engagement that is sensual and reflective, creative and deliberate, and that deepens and extends children’s learning.
Our art studio was created with children in mind, by providing children with an area that they can be independent artist.
We created three different zones in our art studio to allow children the opportunity to work with several art mediums all at the same time.
There is a zone that is just for children to paint. Children can paint on the table top or they can choose to put up a table top easel. The paint section of the art studios is set up in a way that children are able to access paint, watercolors, different types of painting tools and paint pallets or paint trays.
Once children are finished with their painting project they then clean up their own painting tools.
There is another zone that provides children with the opportunity to work with clay or wire sculptures.
In the studio there is a large table that is large enough for children to be able to mix different types of art medium.
When using art to build or expand children’s knowledge first you need to ask yourself a few simple questions.
Now see what other ECE teachers are doing in their art centers.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.