Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Mixed Media Snow Collage
To explore winter through process art, setting out an invitation to paint a snow collage with mix media materials is a innovative way to explore the season. Experimenting with different medias and varying textures always brings a special spark of interest and engagement because of the open ended process for children.
To set this invitation you can place a poster board, bubble wrap, coffee filters, aluminum foil, and another other materials as the canvas. Provide tempera paint, salt, glitter, baking soda, cotton balls, pom poms, liquid water colors, shaving cream mixed with glue, chalk, tempera sticks, and any other materials you thing would be wintry. Simply invite the child to create their own snow collage.
Children who engage in process art learn to think with an open mind, to look at situations creatively, and empower their talents. They develop critical-thinking skills through making self directed decisions about what works and what doesn’t on their own, how to mix colors to create new ones, or how to make certain movements to create designs.
By creating freely children gain confidence while acquiring so many skills. It gives them a foundation to look at the world with the confidence that they can accomplish any goal. Visual art deeply affects children, for it is one of the most important forms of communication and expression. When children create, they are proud to be unique and take risks, while honoring their innate creative artistic style.
”The basic law of children's creativity is that its value lies not in its results, not in the product of creation, but in the process itself. It is not important what children create, but that they do create, that they exercise and implement their creative imagination.” Vygotsky