Based upon an observation taken from one of the children in the Beetlebugs room, the next planned experience was for the child to choose what art work they wished to participate in for the day. This was so successful we decided that every child should have the opportunity to choose what art work experience they would like to create. Children chose from various paint colours or a drawing medium (chalk/pencils/crayons). The Beetlebugs child then chose from our art trolley what they wished to paint with and the coloured paper or cardboard they would paint or draw on. Yellow seemed to be the most popular colour so far! When the art experience was set up, the children who wanted to participate eagerly asked for a turn. Educators assisted the children to put on an art smock and thechildren were free to create their beautiful masterpieces (sometimes more than one!) Together we talked about the colour paint or drawing medium they were using. Some children enjoyed talking about what they were creating, or saying ‘I’m making this for Mummy.’ Spontaneously, children went from using their paint brush to their fingers and hands for more of a sensory experience. Many childrenenjoyed putting their own creations on the drying rack independently, or they had fun showing their work to their peers and educators.
“Every child is an artist”
Me myself and I
Learning: Children develop dispositions for learning such as creativity and are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning.