Throughout the summer and autumn, children aged 5 to 7 worked closely with their families to explore and discover new ways of getting creative. They were encouraged to take part in arts activities they may not have experienced before. Using everyday objects and a little imagination, they thoroughly explored their creativity through making, investigating, experimenting, telling stories, learning and sharing.
Throughout the process, children were given the opportunity to complete a Discover Arts Award through discovering the arts around them, finding out about artists and their work and sharing their experiences with others.
56 children and their families took part, 11 children have now completed their Arts Award.
The children really enjoyed experimenting with lots of materials and creative techniques and were surprised and very proud of what they achieved;
‘Now I definitely know art is something I like doing.’ – Natasha
‘You can make art out of anything! – oranges, potatoes, raspberries…’
‘I squashed raspberries and then rinsed off the bits, and I used a pine cone rolled in yellow paint’ – James
‘I hunted for art with Daddy, we made a map’ – Gracie
‘I liked acting as Zelda, searching for magic powers!’ – Natasha
‘I liked how enthusiastic the boys were, they showed all of their work to everyone who came to our house. Clearly they felt very proud of their art work.’ – Charlotte (parent)
‘It was a great first experience of working with clay for a child. Gracie has learned new words & techniques.’ – Dean (parent)
This project was part of a wider research programme to find new ways of supporting learning development in young children and increase levels of quality arts participation among children and their families strengthening family cohesion and encouraging families to partake in fun activities together.
The Discover & Explore blog details some of the activities that took place and encourages children and families to further explore their creativity through the ‘how to sections’ and artist’s tips and comments.