November's Note

AFTER CLASS DISCUSSIONS WITH PARENTS:

I love the after-class discussions I have often with parents. I believe these discussions can be just as important as the experience and learning in class. Parents' approval and validation is so important to the kids. They really want to please their parents. Many parents have asked for tips on how to discuss their children's paintings in the most helpful way, so I have decided to provide those tips via periodic Notes & Info. Stay tuned as I build a nice vault of resources for you.

A BALANCE OF EXPLORATION AND FACTUAL LEARNING:

In class I try to balance free exploration, self-expression, and learning.  The children almost always come into class having something they want to paint. Because I know they need to work their way thru their development via art, I try not to interfere, and yet using the language of art, I speak with them about what they are painting.  At times I will send them home with a little assignment to learn, memorize, or explore further something from class.

STATE WHAT YOU SEE USING ART WORDS:

Many times talking about art is as easy as just saying what you see, for example, "Oh I see you have a big blue area of thick paint there, and next to that lots of small green lines." That way you can leave the interpretation to them and they can let you know that is a lake and some grass if they want to, or they might tell you they were having a big blue blobby day with green booboos. Most of the time they do not have the words at hand to tell you why they painted something. Nevertheless there was a real something inside that they needed to express on the canvas. 

And usually they will paint a subject over and over. Their brain is developing similarly to needing to crawl some length of time before moving to the next stage of walking.

I frequently cannot help but say "Oh that is beautiful!" but when I do, I try to give specifics and use art words, such as "Oh that is a beautiful blended mass of blues and the greens really grab my attention!" 

CHILDREN"S STAGES OF ART DEVELOPMENT:

It may help for you to check out the Stages of Art Development link HERE and find which stage your child is developing.  I wish to schedule little meetings with each of you to help find this. The more I know about them, the more I can help them find their own unique way of expressing themselves, and working their way thru the phases.


That's it for November!

Have a nice slightly deintensified, medium value, yellow-orange hued turkey day!

- suzy

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