As I haven’t been able to give up my day job yet, I take great interest and delight in working on Art projects with four year olds. It is more than a job- it is a passion. I have taken professional development workshops over many years, promoting enriching, challenging and exciting art programmes. I take a socially constructed approach to teaching Art, generally working on long term projects of interest over several month periods.
Despite the length of time on any one project, there is never a dull moment, and I am continually surprised at young children’s drive, motivation, passion and tenacity throughout the projects. All projects reflect the children’s interests and generally morph into places we can never anticipate. I guess that is why things are always so exciting. Each project takes a holistic approach to the child, emphasizing the elements of Art in a multi faceted context . Our subjects are explored thoroughly and our responses are expressed in the language, form and structure of Art.
A couple of years ago, I was working on a project about the yellow eyed penguin, and we just happened to come up with a story about Pokey, which we turned into a book, illustrated by the children. This book was the culmination and celebration of an integrated exploration of Art and the natural world.
The story of Pokey laid the foundations for another book. More recently we have been working on a project about Space, which has also been celebrated in an Art book called, “t’s Dark in Space.” This book features 50 colour plates of wonderful drawings the the children’s own captions underneath. I have been working with book designer, Christine Buess, to produce this visual feast of drawings about Space. This book reflects the energy and joy generated over four months of space exploration through drawing. It also reflects what is possible when you’ve only been on the planet for four years! These images are references to our own development of creativity, demonstrating what’s possible if children are offered the time, freedom, Art knowledge and the value that creativity requires.
To fund the printing costs I will be running a crowdfunding campaign, and any recovered costs will allow me to create a third book.