Creative Arts Foundation: 3 - Visual Arts

Topic: CA3.3 - Demonstrate creative expression through art appreciation

People all over the world create art as a communication tool to express themselves as a culture and as an individual. Art appreciation provides the opportunity to reflect and understand the effort and emotion put into pieces of art. When young children are exposed to various pieces and types of art, they gain insight into their own preferences around art as well.

Art appreciation leads to the ability to:
*Recognize art in the environment
*Understand art’s role in culture and history
*Compare/contrast
*Use of different techniques to create art with various media
*Distinguish between images and real objects

Looking Ahead to Kindergarten Family Engagement Special Populations
In kindergarten, students will begin to identify the purpose of an artwork (VA:Cn11.1.Ka) and interpret art by identifying subject matter and describing relevant details (VA:Re8.1.Ka). Students will also be able to describe what an image represents (VA:Re7.2Ka). Encourage families to:

*Engage with art created in the program and ask extended questions to their children about what they have created.
*Point out colors, shapes, and symmetry in indoor and outdoor environments (e.g. acknowledging leaves turning colors during the fall).
*When possible, consider visiting works of art in the local community (e.g. statues, murals, etc.).

Educators can:

*Expose children with visual disabilities to various textures so they can “feel” the art (e.g. art that includes clay, shells, sandpaper, sand, etc.).
*Plan and provide opportunities, space, and art that are accessible to all children including those with varying mobility.

Powerful Practices
Across all developmental stages, educators can:

*Expose children to various types of visual arts (e.g. pottery, painting, watercolor, fabrics) from a variety of cultures.
*Display the artwork of children throughout the environment and at children’s eye level.
*Model the use of art related vocabulary (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.).
*Notice specific attributes of children’s artwork or the artwork they’re experiencing (e.g. “I noticed how you used large and small paint brushes to create this piece!”).
*Consider providing opportunities for families to reflect on opportunities to discuss art created in the program.
*Provide consistent opportunities for children to think about and respond to original works of art (e.g. “See, Think, Wonder”).

Infant

Display artwork at children’s eye level

Younger Toddler
Display artwork at children’s eye level
Older Toddler
Display artwork at children’s eye level and provide descriptions
Younger Preschool
Display artwork at children’s eye level and provide descriptions

Provide children opportunities to share and display their artwork with others in ways that are meaningful to them

Consider field trips to places in the community or museums where children can reflect on various types of art (statues, murals, paintings, etc.)

Older Preschool
Display artwork at children’s eye level and give children the opportunity to provide descriptions and display (e.g. providing painter’s tape and allowing children to display their own artwork or designating a shelf for 3D artwork)

Provide children opportunities to share and display their artwork with others in ways that are meaningful to them

Consider field trips to places in the community or museums where children can reflect on various types of art (statues, murals, paintings, etc.)