Art activities are an important part of the preschool curriculum. Children not only develop their creative expression, they experiment with different mediums and strengthen and develop the muscles and skills needed for writing.
It is important to remember that what matters in preschool art is the process, not the product. To provide a creative art experience for young children, the teachers provide a variety of materials and time to use them. Several colors of tempera paint and paper are available on the easel in the play yard so that the children can express their creativity when they want. They enjoy the sensory experience of brushing the paint on the paper and seeing the colors. If you ask them, often they will tell you what they are drawing. When they don’t, most likely they are simply involved in the process of making colorful blotches.
Natural materials such as acorns, leaves, seed pods, or pine cones also present children with an opportunity for a creative experience. As they manipulate the materials and glue them onto paper, cardboard, or a piece of bark, they learn about spatial relationships and find beauty in an aesthetic arrangement.
At Anne Sullivan School, art materials and the time to engage in creating with them are provided regularly. Remember, the real treasure is the process, as the children gain confidence in using their imaginations and expressing themselves.