The visual art process is the experience of manipulating materials and interacting with art. Engaging in the visual art process provides children the opportunity to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Art process allows for children to experience cause and effect using a wide variety of materials.
The ability to understand the visual art process leads to:
*Sense of space
*Understanding of cause and effect
*Fine motor control
*Understanding of shapes and colors and how they interact
|Looking Ahead to Kindergarten||Family Engagement||Special Populations|
|In kindergarten, students will be able to identify safe and non-toxic art materials, tools, and equipment (VA:Cr2.2.Ka) and engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials (VA:Cr1.1.Ka). Students will also engage collaboratively and/or individually in creative art making in response to an artistic problem (VA:Cr1.2.Ka). Lastly, students will be able to explain the process of making art while creating (VA: Cr3.1.Ka).||Encourage families to:
*Engage with their child in the art process at home.
*Provide adaptations or larger handles for art tools (e.g. paint brushes, etc.).
|Across all developmental stages, educators can:
*Plan for and focus on the creative art process rather than an expected product.
Provide opportunities for infant to use their whole body to explore simple and safe art and sensory materials (e.g. using non-toxic paint and butcher paper on the floor or outside)
Create environments that support exploration and curiosity (i.e. limit the use of “baby containers” or equipment that restricts an infant’s movement such as bouncy seats, swings, etc.)
|Provide a variety of simple and safe art and sensory materials (e.g. non-toxic clay or play dough)|
|Provide safe art and sensory materials (e.g. variety of materials including large craft sticks and non-toxic glue sticks)|
|Provide safe art and sensory materials (e.g. materials including water color paint, paint mixed with sand, fabric, yarn, collage materials, etc.)|
|Provide safe art and sensory materials (e.g. materials including water color paint, paint mixed with sand, fabric, yarn, collage materials, etc.)
Consider field trips to local museums, visiting sculptures and ask questions about process, materials and techniques used