One of the many books that has helped shape my approach to making art with children is Young at Art by Susan Stiker, available in the Museum’s Shop and for viewing in the Studio’s Resource Library. Aimed at parents and educators of 1 to 5 year olds, the book is filled with practical and developmentally-appropriate ideas for offering materials to young children. These thoughts from the introduction parallel my approach in the Studio and support how I view my role as a studio educator. “I believe children engage in critical thinking and learn how to become problem solvers when they are allowed to work, within very clear parameters but with complete freedom, with basic art materials…It [art by young children] is not a ‘frill,’ not merely ‘charming,’ but the very foundation upon which all later reading, writing, and drawing are built.”
How do you view your role as an educator or parent when it comes to your children’s artistic endeavors?