June 6, 2011

Open Ended Art

Practicing open ended art with my Sunday school class! I've learned from my Creative Development class that crafts and "parent pleaser" activities actually hinder the child's well being and their ability to create. So yesterday I created an art experience with no directions, no rules, no time constraints. Just letting them have at the media and the art and start creating! It's amazing at how hesitant they were like, "Ms. Danica, can I mix these colors?", "am I allowed to do that?", "what do we do?". Just goes to show that children get too many teacher instructions and need to be creative and be given time to create. What a great experience ( for them and for me )!


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