Bambini Art Project
If you read my homeschool goals for the Spring, you know that one of my goals is to increase the amount of STEM in our learning. This is absolutely still my intent and I have been incredibly inspired by the collaborative A-Z STEM project we are participating in this month. I do also believe strongly in the power of art. Some delightful bloggers recently published a book entitled STEAM embracing art as part of the STEM curriculum. I whole heartedly concur. Interestingly, I peeked at Wikipedia's definition of Art out of curiosity and found not only do they seem to agree that art includes drama, dance, and music, but that "Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences."
When I was in grade school, I was fortunate to attend the Art magnet school in my hometown. It no longer exists in its past form due to budget cuts, but when I was in elementary school it was an amazing school. Each regular grade teacher was required to have both a teaching degree and at least a minor in some form of art. This meant that the arts were regularly integrated into our learning. We also had weekly "specials" where we got more direct instruction in dance, art, music, and drama.
I don't consider myself to be above average creativity-wise, but thanks to my years there I feel like I have an above average appreciate for the arts. I want my children to have the same opportunities to appreciate art and likewise, I want to surround my kids with opportunities to express themselves. Much like Loris Malaguzzi described in his beautiful poem "No Way. The Hundred is There.", I believe children should be offered a myriad of tools and methods to communicate their ideas and build knowledge. Art is a part of our days. Creative or dramatic play. Painting and drawing. Inventing stories. Listening to music. This surrounds and is incorporated into everything else we do.
My hope is that our Bambini Art Project will encourage others to add more of the arts to their days and their learning.
Over the next year or so, I will be sharing round ups of ideas and general information about different areas of an arts curriculum. I'm choosing to include dance, drama, and music in my definition of art. Each child is unique and their best forms of expression will likely not match the child next to them. Young children need exposure to a vast array of ideas, methods, and materials so that these can be incorporated into their ways of expression, much like language.
This page will serve as a landing page for now. I will come back often and add links they are posted. This will be a growing resource of art ideas and inspiration that will hopefully make the arts less of a mystery and more accessible for every parent, teacher, and child. Below are the areas I am planning to cover:
Collage : 30+ Collage Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Drawing : Crayons, Markers, and More - 20+ Drawing Ideas
Painting : Ultimate Guide to Painting with Young Children + How to Manage Messes
Tinkering : How to Tinker With Kids
Tape : 10+ Ways to Create with Tape
Printmaking : Ultimate Guide to Printmaking with Kids
Singing : Sound of Music Unit for Preschoolers
Puppet Making + Theater
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