Childhood Staples: Art and Nature

Art, more art, please

Forced to change their daily routines in ways that are not always easy to understand, now more than ever, it is imperative to introduce children to (educational/other) activities that build confidence, resilience, and a sense of pride in their own ideas not to mention ample opportunities to encourage self-exploration.

Process art is an especially appropriate tool to engage children. Not only does it allow for a great many self-directed (and fun!) activities but it also offers an opportunity to hear the children’s responses to questions such as:

Why do people make art?

What do you learn in making art?

How do you improve your art skills?

How do you know when you have made progress?

What do you do if you are stuck?

What makes you feel most proud of your art?

These sorts of questions can really inform a parent/guardian/teacher's understanding of the way the child is processing the world.

A small child's voice should form a big part of the story

And what a story...beautifully told via surface work, abstract shapes, step-by-step projects and anthropomorphic drawings.

Textured Art

In the visual arts, texture is the perceived surface quality of a work of art.

The use of texture, along with other elements of design, can convey a variety of messages and emotions. It is an element of two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs (distinguished by its perceived visual and physical properties).


Anthropomorphic Art

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. It has ancient roots as storytelling and artistic device, and most cultures have traditional fables with anthropomorphized animals as characters.


Abstract Art

Abstract art does not represent images of our everyday world. It has color, lines, and shapes (form), but they are not intended to represent objects or living things.


Step-by-Step Art

step one: Inspiration

step two: Percolation

step three: Perspiration

step four: Creation

step five: Reflection