Creates a Foundation for All Learning
Young children are often natural artists. Even if they have never seen a paintbrush or a piece of clay, they joyously embrace the experience. These eager learners benefit most from visual arts instruction that begins with exploration and discovery and is guided by instructors that encourage children to ask questions about what they see and to reflect thoughtfully on what they make. In Studio’s approach to early childhood art instruction, children develop essential skills like problem solving and working in groups; they build vocabulary and self-confidence as they are encouraged to take risks and explore their own creativity; and they engage in the sort of meaningful conversations that will provide the foundation for their emerging language and literacy skills.
In addition to professional development workshops for teachers, assistant teachers, and administrators of early childhood programs, Studio in a School’s early childhood artists also continue to provide on-site mentoring in centers and schools throughout the city, where they coach teachers on activating their art centers and displaying children’s work, as well as providing workshops for parents.
Early childhood teachers and supervisors report that working with Studio’s artist/instructors has helped them enrich their classrooms and develop a sustainable visual arts curriculum that will benefit children for years to come.
Creativity is hard work. It requires children to engage in observing, remembering, and imagining. Students use all five senses when working. They might notice the fuzzy edge of a torn piece of paper. When combined with each child’s unique set of strengths and perspectives, these artistic explorations motivate to create meaningful artworks and build foundational skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
How to apply
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For more information about this program contact us at (212) 459-1455 ext.229 or firstname.lastname@example.org