Children’s artwork is another way of expressing ideas, experiences, and whatever he/she visually observes. Art is a language itself! The children are encouraged to use different materials and explore their creativity and imagination. By the age of three, their drawing become more consistent, repeating circles and scribbled lines. They are becoming more comfortable with their hand-eye coordination and gaining muscle strength in their wrist and hands by practicing their fine-motor skills. As they become more familiar with shapes, lines, and colors, their circles and scribbled lines begin to represent shapes, letters/numbers, and many other things!
A child’s artwork is led by creativity and imagination. Sometimes, their art work leads to an interesting conversation that inspires other children to gain interest in a project… In this case, it all began when Zoey saw a picture of herself on a computer screen. With excitement, she scurried off to the art table and drew a picture of herself. Zoey said, “LOOK! I made my face!”
Later that day, the table was set up with mirrors.
The children were looking at their faces and putting their noses and mouths on the mirrors and bringing the mirror really close then pulling it away and flipping the mirror, seeing their faces up close and far away. They were studying their faces and making silly expressions. They were pointing to their eyes and opening their mouths.
Alexander: “That’s a mirror, and me!” (He pulled down his eyelid) “It’s red in there!”
Taylor: “Do you see yourself?”
Alexander: “My shirt is red too, and blue eyes…”
Zoey: “My eyes are white!” (kiss face) “And I see the snake on my shirt… HEHE ZOEY!”
Jackson: “Can I see—oh look! My face is big! HAHA!”
(The sun hit a mirror and Alexander saw the glare on Jackson’s face)
Alexander: “Ha! Look at your face!”
Jackson: (opened his mouth) “I see my tongue!”
Then we printed pictures of them and cut out their eyes, nose, and mouth…
The children were trying to put the eyes where their eyes were on the mirror. Zoey laughed when they slid down, but Aven put tape around the mirror…maybe this will help them stay up? They were excited to look in the mirror and observe their features, and they were intrigued with the eyes, nose, and mouths of their friends all mixed and matched on the table. The children talked as they were putting eyes, nose, and mouths on the mirror…
Aven: “Let me see the picture… there are big eyes!”
Taylor: “Some are pink, I want pink!” (She made a silly face in the mirror)
Zoey: “What are you doing with the face?”
Gemma: “Making a monkey…”
The children enjoy seeing themselves up close in a mirror, and making silly faces. They love seeing shapes and sizes of eyes, nose, and lips on the table and making different faces with those as well. They are learning about the differences in their hair, smiles, eyes, etc. Drawing what they see, know, and feel will help them become familiar with their features and differences. Not only will this help with their observational skills, but it will encourage children to talk to their classmates about what they are observing and this will help with their social skills. Through drawing, they are developing many skills:
· Math (one-to-one correspondence) skills: The children will count, and use their counting skills to draw exactly two eyes, one nose, and one mouth.
· Math (geometric) skills: They are learning shapes, and becoming familiar with basic concepts of geometry such as the numbers of sides in each shape, or the angles within the shape.
· Concentration skills: Some children want their circles to closed or lines to go all the way across the page, the focus and determination they use when doing so.
· Writing skills: They are inspired to write what they’ve drawn, and write their names.
· Imagination and Creativity: Children’s artwork either express their thoughts in an abstract way, or tell a story that they are eager to tell if you ask them.