Today we talked about what we need to do to be better learners. The children decided three things would help them. The first was to settle down quickly to their learning, the second was to resist distractions and the third was to become independent learners. We practised resisting distractions by taking it in turns to model good learning behaviour and complete a simple task, which was copying a model made of coloured bricks. The other children tried to distract them in whatever ways they liked (within reason). The volunteer tried to keep learning. After a while they explained some of the strategies they used to maintain their concentration. After,we made a poster about all the things we can do if we get stuck with our work.
We have enjoyed experiencing Process Art this week. Process art is not about teaching children how to do art. It’s about creating a space for them to discover it for themselves. It is about freedom, not rules.With a practice of process art, we’re more interested in how the art is being created than in what the finished product is going to look like.
Process Art is all about the experience: how you feel as you experiment with your materials, the ideas that you get, and the opportunity to try new things.
If the end result looks beautiful, consider that a bonus. But it is the doing, trying, thinking, and experimenting that is the main focus here. Sometimes you will consider the end product ugly. Great! You’ve learned something about the materials, colours, technique, or your own relationship to art. These mistakes are just as valuable to your art practice and development as an artist.