In the Castle Room, painting is a staple activity because it serves a variety of way purposes in child development. Through the use of paint, children can express their innermost emotions, convey unique ideas and investigate the concepts of processes and outcomes. It allows them to use their senses of sight and touch to explore color and texture, all while creating aesthetically pleasing works and experiences.
Each week we use paint in a variety of ways. The children have an opportunity to mix paint and understand color theory, explore the marks and shapes they make and use it to connect to the project work. The children express their creativity, knowledge, and understanding using paintbrushes and vibrant colors.
This week we used droppers rather than paintbrushes to engage our fine motor skills. We also used toilet paper as our canvas, placing it on the light table. This made for a very interesting and unique painting experience as the students observed the light shining through the thin material, revealing a variety of lines and shades of color where the paint was dropped. Creating these images on the toilet paper took great concentration and effort because the children had to learn how to properly push and let go of the droppers in order to release the colors in the amount that they wished.
Setting time aside to paint allows each student to let his or her imagination and creativity free flow for a while. Such experiences are important because they encourage children to explore and communicate their own ideas, interests, and understanding. This physical documentation of inner thoughts or ideas can then be put on display, boosting the child’s confidence and self-esteem while allowing teachers and parents to have a brief look inside that specific child’s unique creative thought process. The creation of art also creates a prime opportunity to respectfully share and discuss with others their own personal interpretations of the art. Lastly, this specific activity was a time for the children to work on their fine motor skills by having to gently squeeze the dropper and organize the toilet paper without breaking it.