Creative Corner - Semester 1
“Art has the role in education of helping children becoming like themselves instead of more like everyone else”.
Art is one of the many ways children express themselves. When it comes to art, it is the process not the product that is important to the child.
‘Creative Corner’ a Montessori initiative is primarily to introduce skills that can be used later in art application and appreciation. The Art and Craft area aims to prepare children for more complicated and multiple step art as they progress. This has been implemented from August 2018.
As children manipulate a paintbrush, their fine motor skills improve. By counting pieces and colors, they learn the basics of Math. When children experiment with materials, they dabble in Science. Most important of all is the building of their self-confidence.
3 to 5 activities are planned for a particular month and are put out on display. All seniors are given a presentation of these activities. After which they are free to choose them any time during the course of the day. The concept of a ‘Craft Chain’ which aids in monitoring the children at work and limiting the number visiting the creative corner has been introduced. This also helps in teaching them to wait for their turn. A Sign-up sheet is maintained by the children to tabulate work done by them.
The activities for August 2018 were:
- Sequential drawing of a house (how to draw card)
- Paper plate party hat
- Assembling of a bird
The activities for September 2018 were:
- Step-by- step drawing of a dog
- Paper plate tortoise
- Assembling of a mouse (paper cones)
The children had great fun creating and taking home their work of art. It was interesting to see how children perceived the activity and created their unique pieces. It truly gave them a sense of inner joy and satisfaction.