We recently had a very special visitor to our Family Child Care Home! Julie Lewis, of Sassy Tuna is a trained animator and designer who teaches art classes to adults and children. She teaches and demonstrates drawing in a very personalized and patient way, and was wonderful with our children, going through the process step-by-step.
We painted self-portraits, and our little ones loved it!
Art plays an important role in early childhood education. Art fosters sensory perception, offers children a chance to experiment, create, and build, strengthens their ability to think and make decisions, and helps children make sense of the world around them. And art is fun! Children have a natural tendency to create. We see this daily in their play, and art is one medium through which children can satisfy this need to create and express themselves.
As always, with children’s art activities it is more about the process than the final product, but we think our children are pretty talented!