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Process vs Product

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

What is Process Art?

Process Art is awesome! It's child-led, explorative, and full of wonderful surprises. Process Art celebrates the experience of making and discovering, and the joy of creativity. In process art, the focus is on play with materials, exploration of techniques and the creation of work, not the product.

Why we love Process Art?

Process Art is an awesome way to approach art education because it allows us to follow the child. By focussing on the process and not the end result, we are able to meet the child exactly where they are developmentally and open up a world of sensory and imaginative possibilities. The benefits to the child are many: Process Art helps improves critical thinking skills, inspires creativity, engages curiosity, and encourages independence. By enabling young people to explore their own creative journey, we are empowering them to solve their own problems, value their own ideas and learn from their mistakes. What's more, Process Art works for any age! Young or old, approaching art with intention but without a clear set of answers or perfect outcome in mind is fun, freeing and extremely rewarding.

How does it work?

  • Choice - by encouraging young people to select their own materials, we are encouraging independence from the start of any project

  • Movement - children learn best when they are free to move. This reinforces learning, allows for repetition and engages both gross and fine motor skills

  • Presentation - the more appealing the invitation to create is, the more inclined the child will be to dive straight in

  • Every child is an individual - the child's own interests will lead them on on their creative path if you stand back and let it happen

  • Play - freedom to play is critical to creativity and leads to discovery and joy in art-making

  • Communication - at Art Buds how we talk about a child's art is key to how our young artists value their work. If you would like to learn more about how to talk to young people about their art, check out Louisa Penfold's excellent tips here.

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