Art materials and tools help children explore the process, not a final product, using a variety of creative materials such as paints, crayons, markers, collage materials, scissors, and tape. You will not see any teacher made models, coloring sheets, or other predetermined adult standards setting the child up to feel as though they cannot meet the expectations. The art center at school is for creative, child initiated, and experiential work, whether we know what it is or not does not matter. It is the child’s work. Adults will not draw for children but guide them in creating their own pictures. We want the child to feel proud of their work and not just for a finished product to please the adults. Manipulating these creative art materials also grows those small muscles which will one day handle a pencil for writing.
Out of respect for all our families, you will not see jello, pudding, rice, beans, pasta, or grits or other food stuff being used in a careless manner in the art center as an item to glue or play with. These are staple foods for families and should not be wasted in play.