Art to Enhance our Curriculum

Preschool DrawingsBy Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Creating self-directed art is a hands-on activity that helps children learn in many ways. By drawing, making collages, and using watercolors to paint, children learn about shape, color, and texture. They are practicing making decisions about what to make and what materials they will use. Those fine motor skills are enhanced by cutting with scissors, holding a crayon, or sculpting clay. When children observe what their friends are creating, they are learning to appreciate the artwork of others.  

New vocabulary words are introduced when the children discuss their work with adults. We use phrases like “Tell me about your picture.” Preschool-aged children often create things that are symbolic of something else; for example, something they have just built in the block center or a flower they just saw outside. The practice of using symbols will become important when they are learning to read. Art can also enhance science concepts when mixing colors or when they learn how adding paint to water can create change.

Creating art in any form helps children develop their imaginations and practice many skills for learning. Our classrooms are stocked with a variety of art materials and our goal is to give children the confidence to express themselves through art and to feel like they are a part of a creative community of learners whenever they create something new!  

Book Nook
Our Adventurer and Trailblazer classes loved the snow last week! They also enjoyed reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This 1963 winner of the Caldecott Medal is a timeless story with simple, bold text and whimsical collages. A young boy wakes to a world of freshly fallen snow and goes exploring. Keats captures the delight children feel in the simplest pleasures.

Mark your calendar: our January Big Sing is Tuesday, January 24th at 9:10 a.m.