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Mixed Media Winter Collage

To explore winter through process art, setting out an invitation to paint a mixed media collage with recycled materials and regular art materials is an innovative way to explore the season through creating. Experimenting with different surfaces and varying textures always brings a special spark of interest and engagement because of the open-ended unique process for children.

To set this invitation you can place butcher paper, recycled bubble wrap/paper tubes/boxes, coffee filters, paper plates/bowls, and any other unique materials as the canvas. Provide wintry tempera paint colors and invite the child to paint. 

Process art such as this lets a child experiment and interact with art materials through an enhanced sensory exploration. With a variety of textures, heights, materials, children began to discover that by using different techniques with the paint on top of the textured surface will produce varying outcomes and a different perspective of art. This is definitely a process-not-product invitation, it is very exploratory, creative, messy, and open-ended.

Creating art boosts children's ability to analyze and problem-solve in many ways. 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.  Art provides for limitless creativity while instilling curiosity and wonder in the process.

”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

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