The Marianne Generali Grand Atelier is a community atelier or art studio. In other words, the room is solely devoted to the arts and the projects that the children engage in throughout the year.
Philosophy of Art
Art activities are planned daily at the Center. Art done by young children often does not “look” like anything in particular. It is a process. Exploration of creative materials such as paint, clay, scraps of paper and yarn and a manipulation of these materials, is important.
Why creative art?
There are many reasons for doing creative art activities. Among these are muscle development, emotional release, aesthetic appreciation, perceptual awareness and cognitive growth. Also, your children learn independence and to make choices by choosing their own expressions of art. They also develop good work skills by cleaning their areas later.
Children who engage in creative art develop a longer attention span and a greater ability to finish tasks. The art activities done in our program do not involve patterns, cutouts or coloring books. This type of experience stifles creativity and does not provide a positive experience for the child. Children become more concerned with whether their “art” project looks like everybody else’s rather than how much they are experiencing the material or expressing themselves. A creative expression can help your child realize that he/she is a worthwhile person that has good ideas and that there is more than one way to do things. Though the process is often more important than the product, your child will be proud of their artwork.
What is it? How to encourage your child's creative activity...
When your child plays with art, he/she is creating both emotionally and intellectually. Their work comes from their deepest feelings and deserves praise and encouragement. Try to avoid comments like, “What is it?” or “Which end is up?” (even though, the picture may be a puzzlement). Comments like, “I see many colors in your painting” are positive comments which increase the creative level of your child as well as helping your child develop good feelings about his/herself.