Art Time

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.

17f83b0a5a882937ec260b49cc2c4c20
3d4ba6b1746ac8105e83f0a3aadf8aae
IMG_6529
55669598_415471222370449_6016514939856879616_n
2f61b55ee8f7fead40030a751442d80d
IMG_6533
IMG_6545
IMG_1483
IMG_7089
IMG_7476
IMG_6009
IMG_6559
Image-1(1)
8420c395b0e6e59a84680faca69cbfad
55917895_2212101502168858_538505271610179584_n

Connect with Odeta Xheka