Monday 19th of December, 2016
The process art movement gained traction in the United States and Europe in the mid-sixties, with notable artists like Eva Hesse and Barry Le Va creating sought after abstract works. These process art pioneers emphasised the act of “doing” in art creation and not the end product. Their work was made of perishable and insubstantial materials, which were not meant to last.
Although process art seemed new and avant garde at the time, it is far from a niche interest. It has existed in some form for generations. Traditional tea ceremonies and sand painting are also versions of process art.
For young children, process art has a number of benefits. Besides building fine motor skills—by working with paint, glue or clay—process art can help children relax, focus and gain confidence. There is no right or wrong way to create. Without set instructions to follow, children can make each art experience their own. They are also free to be independent and creative. Making art becomes their choice.
Some process art experiences we offer at The Garden House include easel painting with paintbrushes, fingerpainting, wire working with clay and collage with recycled materials. We display the artwork on the school’s walls. This lets the children know their work is valued and helps to personalize the space. And most importantly, it provides great visual documentation and allows them to reflect on their learning process.