We, as adults, have been around the block a few times. We’ve seen the sights and smelled the smells. We kind of know what’s going on. We get it. The world is pretty familiar to us. So when we come to making art, we tend to dip into our vast repertoire of life experiences and reinterpret them creatively. For example, Van Gogh loved himself some Sunflowers; and he had a thing for Starry Night(s) too.
Tiny artists on the other hand, are at the very beginning of their lives.
Everything is new to them.
Stop and consider that for a moment.
That concept still gets us every time.
So how do these little artists start to put together their own repertoire of life experiences?
By immersing themselves in the world and collecting knowledge using ALL their senses.
If you have a toddler in your life, you’ll see this happening every day.
‘What does it feel like when I squish mashed pumpkin into my hair?’
‘Hmmmm, I wonder what dog food tastes like?’
‘What does water look like when I stir tomato sauce and peas into it?’
(Pink, polka dotty potion is the correct answer)
‘CRACK! That spoon on the side of the bowl sounds good. I bet if I piff the bowl at the floor it will sound even better.’
‘Look! A flower! I wonder what it smells like? Hey look! Another one…and another…and another…and another…’
(Seeya later garden)
When we teach preschoolers at MAKE, we respect their need to be fully involved in their art. Not just visually, but with all five senses.
And it’s a great reminder to us to be more mindful as art makers ourselves. As evidenced to anyone who has caught us up to our armpits in paint, with glitter on our noses.
<3 Laura and Emily x