Art and creativity were practiced since the beginning of humanity. From the caveman, to today’s electric cars, Man has relied on creativity to satisfy his curiosity and drive for evolution.
How is Hands on Art different from other art programs? In most schools and art programs, you will find step-by-step instruction to create a prototype project, this process not only affects children’s ability to create independently but also their perception of what creativity really is. The focus of copying a project or following steps by steps, does not allow originality, development of style, self-expression, and innovative thinking among many other benefits from the art practice.
After years of research, Hands on Art’s teaching approach was established with the goal of building confident creators. Its unique teaching approach allows our instructors to facilitate lessons while providing a full art experience. This system is based on 4 important steps; Inspire, Demonstrate, Facilitate and Seal the Learning.
The Hands on Art teaching approach main focus is to preserve children’s creativity and to create awareness of the different elements that are part of the creating process, such as;
Inspiration: At the beginning of each project children are inspired through questions that will tap into memories, feelings, and emotions, stories or famous artists in order to originate new ideas.
Problem-Solving: Children are encouraged to look for different solutions to difficulties during the process of creating.
Independence: Children are allowed to explore different ways of creating. After the inspiration and demonstration process, we open up for exploration of materials, choice of materials, color, etc.
Risk-Taking: Children are encouraged to take a risk when they want to explore different ways on the application and building of projects, a discussion of possible outcomes generally takes place to prepare the student for the exploration of new ways and possible failure. After all, Hands on Art is the safest place for children to make mistakes and learn from them. And what about if the results are a complete success!
Innovative thinking: Kids are encouraged to explore and apply the materials in different ways, oftentimes we get really surprised by new ways we are introduced by our students.
Effort. Through our teaching approach, children established the foundation of creating with confidence in knowing they have control of the elements above.
The greatest benefit of regular creative practices under the direction of a program like Hands on Art is to build a foundation for confident creators. This valuable skill will support your child throughout their years of development and approach adulthood with a set of skills for success.