Children's Art: Celebrating Process
Lesson plans, activities, projects, crafts, and more!
There is a difference between open-ended and closed art experiences. Closed art are projects created by others. Open-ended art is having no expectations about the product; it’s all about the process. The focus then is not trying to achieve a predetermined outcome, but instead exploring materials and experimenting with the process of creation. The final outcome might be based on an idea or it might be abstract. Open ended art is all about free choice, discovery, problem solving and imagination!
“Art opportunities should be open-ended experiences, offered daily, so as to not stifle a child’s own creativity. Open-ended art is developmentally appropriate at all developmental levels and abilities. These opportunities build a child’s self-esteem, eagerness to learn, fine motor skills, and confidence!” From Keeping Creativity Alive
Open-Ended Art Resources
- Children's Art: Process VERSUS Product
- Lansbury, Janet. “Are you putting the kibosh on creativity?” Elevating Child Care. Retrieved October 31, 2012
- Teaching for Artistic Behavior
- Seven Good Things for You to Know About How the Arts Help Children Grow
- Promoting Creativity for Life Using Open-Ended Materials, by Walter F. Drew and Baji Rankin