Art and education

Drawing time

Drawing could be the most easy activity to do at home and a good way for a child to start developing skill. michelangelo-71282Before going in the process I would like you to understand that creating is not just a ‘nice’ activity; it transforms, connects and empowers.

“Making connect the hands, eyes and brain in a very special way,  it’s empowering for both maker and viewer. The act of making is optimistic; it’s an act of faith. People of all ages feel better for doing it.

Making can also be very social – conversations can meander while hands are kept busy. But it can also be very personal and gives confidence to children who listen to their own internal monologue that takes place as they make in solitude.

If we want a world full of creative, entrepreneurial thinkers, we need to enable and sustain making from a very young age. Not all of us will become sculptors or engineers or designers, but we will become more connected, rounded and creative people.”

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By doing art with a child, you should always have in mind that the process of creation is in the center of the activity. It’s important for a child to be able to create without constraints, to liberate its faculty of expression through artistic activity.

Choose a spacious place : set up a space where your kid can be free to experiment (and get messy!).

Avoid giving direction : don’t tell your kid what to make or how to make it. Instead of saying, “Paint a rainbow,” encourage her/him to “experiment with mixing colors using different types of pen and paper,”

Choose material adapted to a child : always prefer natural materials. Most of the time I use beeswax crayon, or wooden pen when they are older. Run away from plastic stuff or chemical pen.

Don’t draw like an adult with your child : When parents draw something representational while a younger child is sketching, it can frustrate him. It’s better to be near him and let him know that you’re interested and supportive of his art-making.

Encourage her instead of giving rewards : Prefer to give her encouragement during the process. If you praise her for the final result, she would be seeking for this reward.

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To inspire a child and set up a creative atmosphere I recommend you to read a fairy tale. Then we go from the story to make a representation (draw the princess of the tale for exemple). Next step could be to transform the tale, add new character, give them new skills. Or make him invent the suite if you didn’t finish the story. To invite him to be creative, if he can’t, we draw with him (principle of imitation).

Invite him to draw for a loved one can also be a great motivator.

You have many keys that you need, these advices, most of them, can be applied to other activities. If you have any questions let me know in the comment or send me an email. I’ll be glad to answer you. I am preparing a surprise for the coming week, stay tuned.

source: the guardianparents.com

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Art, Education, Waldorf

Educational Art

Throughout my childhood, art has always been teaching me a lot. One morning I wanted to know how Art education contributes towards child development. What is this tool which is available to everyone? The sheer number of its’ positive aspects are impressive, and yet it is also seriously underestimated. This therefore, marks the beginning of a great adventure.

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The author Robert Fulghum who wrote the best-selling book “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” said that if you go to any kindergarten and ask, “How many of you here can draw?, almost all children will raise their hands. If you ask, “How many of you can sing? All hands would rise again. “And what would happen if you did not know the words? , ‘’We would do it’’ , the children would reply. “How many of you can dance?” All hands would rise again. The young child at the Kindergarten shows us that the human being is an artist. It is part of our essential nature, that we are indeed creators. Art is for the child therefore is a most vital element.

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The Centre for the Developing Child of Harvard University, demonstrated that the human brain creates a major part of its neuronal connections during the early years of its growth. What a great gift it would be to offer to a child the means to develop by expressing himself/herself fully and freely. To explore his/her abilities and become aware of their potential and live life with greater depth from an early age. Art is not only a vital element for the child, it is also vital for education.

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The Artistic Organizations are very clear today. If one looks at a publication that was issued by the National Committee of the State Legislators: Reinventing the Wheel: A Design for Student Achievement in the Twentieth Century, there are an impressive number of positive aspects that the “experts” of Art Education provide. These includes:

1) Art can integrate all areas in a school.

2) Art offers the possibility of new ways of evaluating students.

3) Art excites the learners and keeps them in school. (Studies show that dropout levels decrease with the number of art courses taken by students.)

4) Art promotes a perception of an enlightened development.

5) Art helps creative problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills.

6) Art helps promote self-discipline, self-esteem and self-awareness.

7) Art stimulates co-operative learning and helps multicultural understanding.

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The Department of Labour reports that in 2013, 80% of the jobs available in the United States are those which didn’t exist in 2002. This trend could only change with the influx of new technologies. Skills such as adaptability, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and observation – all developed by the arts – should be considered as fundamental parts in the education of tomorrow.

sources: WaldorflibraryCenter on the developing child, Harvard Universities

Art and education

Art, imagination and creativity

Let’s begin to glimpse the role of imagination and creativity within the educational art by using a basic example of a young child and how this can be a factor in the development of this child.

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The definition of education varies little from person to person. Art, on the other hand, is personal . Ask a Renaissance artist what art is, he will reply: “beautiful and refined”. This term has constantly evolved over the centuries. From building your house to how you lay your plate. Art surrounds us. It can be considered our personal touch in every one of our actions. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all artists.

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Every human being has his own imagination. A child decides to scatter his food on the table. He can use his spoon, his fingers or even his mouth … His imagination will determine his way in achieving his ends.

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Imagine (and yes we also have the right) that this same child decides to pour soup or stew in his glass. With so-called basic ingredients, he creates his own preparation. -A child picks colour pencils and paper, he/she decides to draw. In the end, the pencils and the paper are still there and a drawing which he/she created. He/she uses these materials to express their creative imagination. It creates value and something novel.

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A creative being will never find a dead end. Even in the most difficult situations, his creativity will allow him to imagine the solutions and how to set them up. Being creative is the opposite of incompetent. Creativity is a muscle that needs to be trained daily from a young age. The sooner a child becomes aware of his/her creativity, the more they will be able to develop it.

sources:creativity(french), Waldorf and neuroscience