Art for kids should focus on experimentation and imaginative self-expression, so that children can derive the greatest benefit and enjoyment. The alternative, which we call a product focus, limits the opportunities for learning. While children and parents alike are naturally delighted to see the inventive and often stunning outcomes of artistic endeavors, some of the best learning may come from creating something unexpected. In the process of mixing colors, a child may produce a color that more resembles mud than a spectacular new shade but the learning is valuable.
Process art truly engages children’s creativity as they explore design, shapes, color, balance, form, techniques, depth perception and so much more. They learn that there are many solutions to challenges they face and that uniqueness is good. Very importantly, children who practice process art know that there is no right or wrong way to create art and that they can always create something fresh and new.
Encourage your children to create art freely. Remember not focus on the end product but instead on the process: “How did you do that?” “What happened when you mixed those colors?” “Tell me about this creation?” “Did it turn out like you expected – why or why not?”
Creativity is a cornerstone of process art, and activities like Abrakadoodle’s Kids’ Imagination Project (KIP) offer children the opportunity to show what is inside their imagination. As Mary Rogers, Co-Founder of Abrakadoodle recently said, “Creativity is considered something of an abstraction, and so we designed KIP to reveal some of the creative ideas and images that reside in children’s imaginations through their own art works and will share this wonderful postcard art for the world to appreciate.”
KIP is a global campaign that encourages children worldwide to produce and submit postcard art. This year’s theme is “Imagine.”
We are frequently featuring new children’s postcard art from creations submitted to Abrakadoodle’s world headquarters. This week’s art features original creations by (top, left) Claire, age 7 of Maple Grove, Minnesota. Art (mid-page, left) by Aiden, age 3.5 of Santa Monica, California entitled, “Ladders & Happy Faces.” Post card art (bottom, right) by Lux, age 5 of Miami, Florida.
Any child can participate in Abrakadoodle’s Kids’ Imagination Project! To learn more about KIP or to download a postcard, visit our web site.