Benefit of Process Art and Activities You Can Do at Home


"The basic law of children's creativity is that it's value lies not in its results, not in the product of the creation but in the process itself." Vygotsky

Process art is not about teaching children how to do art. It’s about creating a space for them to discover it for themselves. There are no rules, it's about the experience and how you feel as you experiment with your materials, the ideas that you get, and the opportunity to try new things. Process art doesn't require a lot of materials or a specific set-up. It’s about discovery and you can use pretty much whatever you have available at your home. The best thing you can do is to let your child be free and decide what materials or techniques they want to use. You'd be surprised what your child can do with a little help of imagination. There are many benefits to Process Art, some of them include developing fine and gross motor skills, sensory exploration, literacy, language, art techniques, creativity, and self expression. Here are some tips on how to gain the benefits of process art:

  • Let your children come up with their own ideas and use materials creatively
  • Step back and let the child be as independent as possible
  • Don’t try to ‘fix’ a child’s work, there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way here
  • Children don't need examples, don't limit their creativity, let them express themselves freely
  • Always emphasize the process, not the end product

Here you can read an interesting article about embracing process art in Early Childhood Programs.

Check out our YouTube channel to find process art projects you can do at home with your kids. Have fun!

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