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Art for All Seasons

Tired of art programs tied to traditional holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween? Art activities designed for these holidays are often inappropriate for an increasingly diverse population. Activities coupled with the seasons - from Snow pals to Dip and Dye Butterflies, Foil Critters to Hi-Bear-Nation - offer a good alternative.

What is the workshop about? This curriculum provides information and instructions for conducting a workshop for caregivers wanting to foster creativity in young children using art activities not tied to holidays. And it lets providers test out a host of non-traditional activities, as well.

The workshop focuses on:

  • the advantages of a non-holiday, anti-bias art program
  • developmental stages of artistic development
  • non-traditional creative art activities to enhance children's creativity during spring, summer, fall and winter
  • troubleshooting potential problems around children and art

The workshop is designed for three hours, though shorter formats are possible.

Why? The overall goals of the workshop are to increase participants':

  • desire to support the development of creativity in children
  • knowledge about the development and importance of creativity and ways in which non-bias creative art fits into an overall developmental curriculum
  • ability to identify appropriate creative art activities for young children, ones that promote creative expression but are not tied to traditional holidays
  • use of non-traditional creative art activities in their child care programs

Who is it for? The workshop has been designed primarily with child care providers in mind, though others may benefit from the training.