Enjoying the feeling of paint on his hand, this artist decided to explore how paint feels on his face.
The sensory quality of the material was too much to resist!
Observing close by, this young artist decided to mimic
his actions and feel how the paint felt on her own skin.
The explorations of both children were welcome and accepted by
parents and caregivers, as they understood the importance of this sensory exploration.
Limits were set, of course, and the paint was washed off before they moved on
to the next great adventure. This gave the children a feeling of safety and
encouragement to explore their environment and the materials
within the boundaries of the adult facilitated studio.
Later in the morning, the young artist observed another girl using scissors to cut colorful tape for her art work. She insisted on a pair of scissors herself and began exploring these new materials in her own way.
In this way, children learn from observing other young artists in the studio and feel free to take the lead and explore materials with the facilitation of their supportive caregivers.