ART CENTER One of the greatest drives humanbeings have is to express themselves.Young children are no exception. Provides children time for freeexploration and creative play withvarious media (The blank page ispowerful Develops the children’s fine motorskills
ART CENTER Provides opportunities for children tomake inter-curricular connections Develop their ability to critique andappreciate fine art A place for young children to explorethe world of scribbles, shapes, designsand pictures
ART CENTER A fun place to work independently orin cooperation with others to developand strengthen concepts and skills To expose children to a variety ofmediums in different ways Should encourage the children’sindividual expression and creativity Available as a free choice
What the children learn Creativity and individuality Imagination Master simple shapes and colors Communication skills Fine motor skills: pre-writing skills,squeezing and gripping, enhancingmuscle development and coordination Conceptualization
Questions to consider Where will children put their finishedart? Can they get to the finished art spotwithout having to carry a very, heavilypainted paper through ALL of the otherinterest centers? Is the Art Center close to the handwashing sink or bathroom? Is the Art Center accessible to
Guidelines - Location Near a sink Have good natural light Have sufficient space so that childrencan work comfortably Must be easy to clean
Guidelines – ArtMaterials Accessible to the children Related to other classroomexperiences(ex: theme-related material) Different levels of ability Labeled materials
Guidelines – ArtMaterials Diverse collection from the followingcategories:Drawing materialsPaint materialsThree-dimensional art materialCollage materialTools
Tips for Inclusion Have a range of writing and painting implements (thin, stubby,big and small) so that children can use tools appropriate totheir dexterity level. Experiment with tabletop easels, large pieces of paper on thefloor, and paper inside a shirt-size box to find a comfortablework surface for every child.
FurnishingsTables – smooth surfaceChairsHigh, closed storage – for adult useLow, open multi-unit storage shelves – forchildren’s useEaselsDrying rackHooks or pegsDisplay space – for two-dimensional andthree-dimensional art
Art MaterialsFinger paint andTempera PaintWatercolorsBrushes of varioussizesPlay doughSponges of variousshapes and sizesVarious types ofpaper includingfinger paint paperStamps and stamppadsFabricsScissors
Other MaterialsApronsWater spray bottlesHand washTowelsPans of soapy waterCleaning ragsMops
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