What we think
What we think
Painting is one way children can express their manner of thinking. From their works, we can discern their personality, aptitude, and maturity. Thus, in early childhood education, drawing plays an important role in nurturing their growth.
Eventually, children develop the fine motor skills to paint what they observe, the cognitive image, which may not be the way it looks. But at this point, a parent may carelessly remark, “You should draw it more like the way it looks.” This could discourage any natural artistic tendencies in the child because they do not have the vocabulary to inform the parent that they are drawing what they feel and they are expressing what they cannot put into words. Parents should help children to explore different styles, materials, and mediums. Find a way to share their drawings on a daily basis. Ask them what it is they have drawn, what they are trying to draw, why they chose the colors and shapes depicted. An art teacher can provide a safe space for the child’s expression and recognize artistic potential.
Channing Studio’s mission is to encourage children to challenge themselves and go beyond what they already know. Through discussions, exhibits, and demonstrations, children are very capable of expressing their interests and their goals. Competitions are not the only goal. Through art, children set their own goals and are motivated to follow through.
At Channing Studio, children are encouraged to explore, develop and grow. They set their own goals and create plans to achieve these goals. By creating art, students feel joy and satisfaction in recording milestones, achievements and other events in their lives. Many young students continue at Channing Studio for many years, developing sensitivity and achieving maturity through practice and patience. In addition to camaraderie, Channing Studio students develop confidence, self-affirmation, motivation and a balanced temperament through art that may otherwise be ignored. A trained art student is intuitive and observant, two traits that carry over to all disciplines and contribute to success in life.
As Confucius said, focusing on the individual child maximizes their potential. There is no one correct method to teach art to all children. Children need to be nurtured and art should trigger expressions of their souls and life experiences. Any original artwork created through a child’s cerebral process has certain artistic value, deserving of recognition and respect. The Channing Studio art exhibitions are a celebration of children’s soulful experiences, whimsy, and love. The exhibitions bring together people who appreciate the value of children’s art, and the children who created these works.