Learning to Use Art Tools

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At first glance this may look like there may have been some learning about what happens when yellow meets blue. I think that might have been going on as well, but the real fascination was with trying to get the water into the pipette.     After some struggle, Greysen is pleased with finally getting […]

How Sensory Play is Different Than Art

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When I think of sensory play and art, I don’t think of them interchangeably because each is so uniquely valuable. I guess that this distinction is not really an important one to make in most circumstances. I do think it is useful for adults to consider the two separately because the expectations of the two […]

Self-Awareness and Art

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Where there’s a will, I’ve got to find a way, especially when it comes to encouraging child-generated ideas.   On this day, Greysen was trying out new ideas with a familiar medium. She was experimenting with her face paints by trying to mark new things from her tongue to her feet. She eventually tried to […]

Self-Discovery, Transformation, & Face Paints

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Face paints have never been a particularly favorite art medium of mine. When teachers offered face paints to the children in other classrooms, I have to admit that I cringed on more than one occasion. I was reminded of carnival booths where children were painted up as superheroes or with glittery butterflies across their cheeks. […]