We are so very lucky to have our own Jeanne Orr teaching our art program. Jeanne attended Philadelphia College of Art, studied Botanical Illustration at Longwood Gardens and is a certified pre-school teacher. She has over 15 years of experience in a Montessori setting, instructing children in the aftercare program and art camps.
Each Wednesday, the Creative Arts class will focus on different aspects of art. There will be seasonal and holiday-related art projects, “product” art as well as “process” art, fiber arts such as sewing, weaving, embroidery, art history-inspired projects, nature-inspired art, printing and stamping, and art projects using recycled materials.
Process-focused art experiences have no step-by-step instructions. It is unique and original, and there is no right or wrong way to explore and create. Alternately, product-focused art experiences do have instructions. The children’s finished artwork all looks the same, and there is a clearly-defined right and wrong way to proceed.
At this tender age, art is so important for the developing mind. Art stimulates both sides of the brain and is very helpful to children who are visual learners. Studies have shown that children who make art read better and perform better in science and math. It teaches children to think creatively and solve problems.