Being given the autonomy to create their own projects, these children become curious, inspired, imaginative, problem-solvers. They innovate. They are given a voice. They seek answers to questions about their chosen medium.
- What happens if I paint purple on top of the red?
- What happens if I put a lot of paint on my brush with a little water?
- What happens when I use a lot of water with a little bit of paint?
- Can I mix-up all the paints on my pallet? (Apparently I can. Mama! All my paints are black! What do I do?!)
Those fine motor skills are being worked overtime, too. Hands holding brushes. Arms moving their brushes along the paper they paint. They are so entrenched in their work that hours have passed. They’ve been wholly engaged.
What is work, is play. What is play, is work. That is the art of being a child.