Why We Explore the Process Focused Art Experiences

Why We Explore the Process Focused Art Experiences

Process focused art experiences or product-focused art experiences what they look like? And why we focus on the process of art at Faery Childcare.

As much as we love winter and go out as much as we can. Even if it is for a small walk just to get out. When the temperature drops, we find ourselves inside for longer periods of time. One of the curriculum plans Faery Childcare uses it to explore artist mediums, and lots of them.

Faery Childcare is a purposeful education space. When we offered this artist exploration we had a process and product in mind.  Which is a little bit of a contrast. You see, we believe that children learn far more from the process itself.  We are not alone in that beleif it is share by many other great thinkers of our time and in history.

According to the NAEYC, article called How Process Art Experiences Support Preschoolers, the article, " By Laurel Bongiorno, "Is your goal to encourage children’s creativity through developmentally appropriate art experiences? Review the differences between process- and product-focused art to help you get started." There are some disruptions on how to tell if it is the process or the product focused art experience.

The process is the type of experience Faery Childcare is known to utilize. Within in this type of experiences children develop their Social and emotional, Language and literacy, Cognitive, Physical skills. An article from Michigan State University Extension, called The art of creating: Why art is important for early childhood development, by Kylie Rymanowicz "Art is a natural activity to support this free play in children. The freedom to manipulate different materials in an organic and unstructured way allows for exploration and experimentation. These artistic endeavors and self-directed explorations are not only fun, but educational as well. Art allows youth to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life, but also for learning."

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The Process

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However, we also at times have an underline product need. In this experience we used the end product for a Giving Tuesday Auction with our friends at Red River Early Learning Centre. We had an auction, and actually made over $100 to give to KidsAbility. This was an amazing experience for both programs. Our daycare children were able to earn money themselves to donate.

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There is a downloadable article called, Why Art is Important for Young Children, Why Art is Important for Young Children,  By S. Wright — Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall, Updated on Jul 20, 2010, within shares "Currently, art is seen as a language, a symbol system, a literacy (Gardner, 1983). The Reggio Emilia schools, where children's symbolic representations are read as "visible thinking," have become world renowned as a model for early childhood education (Edwards et al., 1994). In addition, influences of discipline-based art education (Eisner, 1988) outline a curriculum approach made up of four components: art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art production. This takes art education beyond an ad hoc approach to the learning of a discrete discipline."


While we love to create art, it is something we do for more then just engaging the children for a time, or to have a parent friendly gift to give. We feel there is much more which the children learn. They are gifted education, a learning foundation, and long term memories of what worked and what did not work. Howard Gardiner, an education theorist, says "artistic learning grows from children doing things: not just imitating but actually creating, whether it be drawing, painting, or sculpting on their own."

We encourage you to offer art opportunities for more then the product. We ask you to find a way for children to become their own great thinkers, awesome planners, and problem-solvers. We need the children of our future to be wondrous leaders.

Lesley Cressman