The Art and Handwork Class for Young Children





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Published on Mar 29, 2011

Colours speak a language more universal and archetypal than any spoken word. We communicate non-verbally when we speak and hear color. The color medium that is closest to pure colored light is transparent watercolor, therefore wet-on-wet watercolor is the medium of choice for painting with younger children.

Wet-on-wet has a loosening and strengthening effect. In this method of painting, liquid color is applied to moistened paper. Water, the bearer of life, facilitates the movement and intermingling of the colors as they create new colors among themselves. Form flows into being, and can dissolve out of it again, thus stimulating the imagination of the young child.

Fairy tales, myths and legends inspire the younger children, who then draw scenes from the stories with brightly colored beeswax crayons. Drawing exercises train fine motor skills, develop hand/eye coordination and have a calming effect on the inner life.

Form Drawing with colored pencils calls on the inner intelligence hidden in each human being. In the form of a spiral we have all the directions of space contained in a movement left-right, above-below, in-out, forward and back. Seeing such forms, the child senses these qualities; they relate him to the past and bring him into relationship with the true and beautiful.

Neurophysiologists have determined that handwork stimulates the dense nerve endings in our fingertips, which in turn nourishes the brain and improves our all around development. Knitting, sewing and felting perhaps most directly develop and train our fingers and the form building capacity of the hand muscles.

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