|Polka-Dotted Paintings from Head Start Children: Glorious 'Open-Ended + Process Oriented' Paintings!!|
What is it with me and polka-dots??
What is it about me and circles??
I haven't a clue!
They make me happy. That much I know for sure!
|Print-Making Paintings from Circular Element in Response to Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham: All things Green!|
This work is what art educators are talking about when they talk about "PROCESS" versus "PRODUCT."
Looking at these seven pieces of art above, I can envision each child and their creative process.... the thrill of exploring the materials. Their eagerness to experiment, the enthusiasm of the open-ended investigation: delight, ease, JOY!!!! I think you can actually feel the 'energy' being utilized in the "Green Eggs and Ham" print-making response. Each of these convey to me, the observer, a sense of a child that said, "I can do this!"
In my opinion that's the 'winning response' that we're looking for as educators. We want the process to be so 'open-ended' that whatever the child creates is indeed the right answer. Art is not about 2 + 2 equals the same result over and over. Art is about, the process, the feeling that says: "LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!"
|Collage of happy elements glued into place in Head Start|
YUP! Open-ended art is about the feeling of "I DID IT!!" It's about whatever the child creates being correct.
Touchdown: "Look at me pound this tube into this paint -- over and over!"
Slam dunk: "Did you know I could make all of these circles line up in a row?"
Hole-in-one: "I like seeing all of these different colors on my paper."
Grand slam: "It's so much fun to make all of these marks."
Gold medal: "Can we do this again?"
Use whatever sports analogy you want. PROCESS art allows for success. It is the very definition of success: "I'm involved in this. I'm making choices. I want these fuzzy pom-pom circles to line up in this exact way. I want them to slither like a snake"
|Collage of textured Elements, Glued into Pleasing Design by Child in Head Start|
I have a whole pinboard collection at Pinterest filled with circles. Why?
I already told you! Because they make me happy!!
Maybe it's because my grandmother kept a great big tin, full of buttons when I was a child. I remember sitting there and playing with those buttons -- to my heart's content.
Colors & shapes: Process.
Have I mentioned that I REALLY LIKE polka-dots? That's me with my back to the camera below.
This is the ensemble that I created to integrate as many spots + dots as I could find sew, paint, and create. This is me leading our staff developement workshop on Friday last week. 'Dressed' as my first picture book, "You're Wonderful." [Imagine my excitement over finding that piece of happy white dots on the black background!!! That occupies the big focal point. Grandmas buttons all over again.]
The teachers pictured above are among the brilliant wonders that have directed this open-ended, process-driven ART above. THREE cheers!!
******Here's a favorite post from a couple of years ago I entitled "Deck the Halls" -- way before Pinterest, that combines my love of polka-dotted circles, an open-ended process and yet yields an amazing 'product' painted and sure to please for this time of year...... click here to see the other happy examples. This would make a perfect PreK or Kindergarten Christmas art project + keepsake!!!!
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