Dear Montclare parents,
For those of you who did not get a chance to attend curriculum night, we wanted to let you know a little bit about the new Art Studio. The 4's are enjoying one class per week taught by Janet and one class per week taught by Janae & Julia. The 2's and 3's are all taught by Janae & Julia.
When working with Janae and Julia the focus is "process over product." This means that the children are encouraged to explore and experiment with materials and produce what they wish. There is no end product shown ahead of beginning to work. Children are shown which materials are to be used that day and we may show techniques or suggest a challenge, but the children control and decide how they get there. The exception to everything being open ended is working with clay. We will have a goal in mind, but the children are free to choose how detailed to make their project. This differs from Janet's class where the 4's, mostly, experience and create product-based projects.
As a result of emphasizing more exploration, we always allow students to create more than one piece if they choose. After a child finishes the main activity, they are offered a smaller piece of paper to continue working. This allows children to finish up their work at their own pace and to have an activity while waiting to wash hands.
Sometimes small papers may be part of a larger project. For example, the children had a color mixing exploration class, that we called "The Color Mixing Shuffle." They painted on 3 separate small papers. We challenged them to mix different oranges, greens, and purples by varying the amounts of primary colors used. Some chose to focus purely on mixing while others painted images while also exploring mixing colors.
In addition, small papers from choice time in the regular classroom, are often sent home.
Lastly, a lot of children ask if they can take home their work the day they create it. We explain to them that it needs to dry in the art studio and then we like to hang it up in the school. So we may hold onto some work for 1-2 months. But we assure the children that everything will be returned.
We look forward to a fun and creative year in the art studio!
Janae & Julia