Art is a way to encourage reflection, innovation and creativity. In this sense, when kids are encouraged to express themselves in creating artworks they develop a sense of accomplishment as well as a sense of pride in their own forays into new territory. Yet, when it comes to young children it is often easy to dismiss their creations as simple arts&crafts projects. To this purpose, it is important to be aware of the difference between "Arts" and "Crafts." Crafts involve children following directions to reproduce an adult’s idea and require no original thinking. They are meant to be useful, practical or educational. Arts, on the other hand, especially Process Art allows children to experiment with their own ideas and art materials with no known outcome in order to help them think openly, create new meaning, be more tolerant of others’ differences and have the courage to take creative risks.
Out of all my creative projects, curating this gallery of young children "reading" Here Comes Ingo and trusting themselves to be co-authors of the book is my very favorite thing to do. Please feel free to share your child's picture using #herecomesingo. I would love to include them in our ever expanding community of open end creative experience afficionados.