What Is Process Art and Why Does It Matter?

Whenever I put something on the art table, I keep my fingers crossed that the children will love it.

I hope that they will think that it’s super fun and stick with it for more than 30 seconds. And to be fully transparent, I secretly hope that the results will be beautiful.

Why do I keep my fingers crossed? Because I am talking about three, four, and five-year-olds! Just when I am certain they will love an idea, the children look at me and ask, “Do we have to do this?”

And to make matters worse, I have to make a decision right there on the spot. “Do they have to do it or not?” Talk about pressure.

So many thoughts go through my mind. I don’t want to ruin my students’ attitudes about art, but I really want them to give it a try. I find myself feeling confused and maybe just a little frustrated too.

This brings me to Process Art and why it matters.

What is Process Art?

I think we all understand what a process is but let’s review. A process can be defined as the “actions taken” to accomplish something. The words “actions taken” summarize the intention of process art.

Process Art puts the emphasis on the “act” of creating…
…rather than on the “results” of creating.

Why Does It Matter?

The quick answer is: Young children are active learners and Process Art is all about inviting children to actively explore a creative process.

But there is so much more.

Process Art will get you and your students EXCITED about art and through Process Art…

  • Your students will want to come to the art table and stick with it longer.
  • Your art experiences will be more inspired, intentional, authentic, and creative.
  • Planning and preparing will be easier and quicker.
  • Young children will build new skills, confidence, and competence.

There are so many benefits to be gained through the exploration of process art for you and your students. This series of articles will address questions we all have when it comes to creative art in the early childhood classroom. And each of these articles will prepare you for the exciting event coming up soon! So stay tuned for my next post.

Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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