The Spoonful Studio exists to foster creativity and grow relationships. Our goal is to break down the barriers that you and your family may have when it comes to doing art, so that you can enjoy the creative process together. We believe there are many benefits of the art process. This little phrase “process art” describes our method and philosophy for creating. Our desire is to take away the perceived rules or stereotypes that art has to look a certain way.
Imagine instead of showing a child a picture of a house and requiring they draw the exact same house with the exact same colors, they make the project their own.
For example, let’s say we are doing a class on how to draw a house. We would take time to explain the project and provide tips and tricks to help prime the pump of creativity. We will typically focus in on one creative concept like talking about parallel lines and angles and the parts that make up a house. But then we set the kids free to create while removing the expectation that they follow any sort of template other than utilizing the materials provided for them.
This is where the magic happens. We get to see things like purple houses, porches that end up on rooftops, a slide coming out of a window, and landscaping that looks like something from Dr. Suess. That moment of creating freely is when hearts and spirits come alive. They learned something new but can use those tips to mix and imagine and create something all on their own. Note: They might even not make a house! Maybe its a person? Or a staircase? A castle? Their imagination will come to life and they will use materials and then words to express it. This is process art and what we celebrate at the Spoonful Studio.
There are so many good things that happen in the art process. We get to explore, experiment, discover, take risks, problem solve and so much more! Process art allows us to enjoy a creative experience without focusing on the outcome. It is concerned with the actual doing and process of creating more than the final product.
While all these things are happening, kids can be developing self-confidence as they make decisions and see what happens. They get to create without worrying about if it is right or wrong. Through exploring art, children learn developmentally appropriate skills; such as problem-solving, communication, making connections, reflection, and perseverance. So many great things can happen while encouraging creative thinking.
We do aim for some incredible masterpieces to go out our doors, but we can promise you that what you take home is all your kids’ dreams and imaginations come to life.
No two projects ever leave looking the same. They are better than what we ever even marketed or created to use as a sample to demonstrate techniques. No joke. Look at these two pictures below.
This first one is instructor, Erica Deuel’s sample for a recent workshop. She used it to talk about the different steps and then demonstrated them on yet another sheet of paper for the kids.
These two masterpieces below are made by 7-8 year olds that attended the workshop with Erica. They both heard the same instructions and had the same supplies at hand, but look at the difference in their masterpieces.
Aren’t those so amazing!? When we allow the creative process to be about the process rather than the product so many cool things happen. Having a fun take-home piece that is usually pretty incredible as the product is just the added bonus. It’s not the goal. Come in and let us help show you how we encourage and teach process art!
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