Art is an essential tool in early childhood education. It’s been proven that early exposure to visual art, music, or drama promotes activity in the brain. Art exercises the mind in ways that most other subjects do not. In fact, it assists children in understanding other subjects much more clearly. Children process information in multiple ways. Some are visual learners, while others learn through conversations and systems. Subjects such as: math, science, language arts and geography can be a challenge for some students, while a breeze for others. Through the knowledge and skills of art, children can teach themselves challenging subjects through creative methods that only art can provide. If children learn to exercise their minds through art, they will nurture qualities such as inventiveness. Art engages a process in children that aid in the development of their self-esteem, self-discipline and self-motivation. Creative development provides children with the tools necessary for understanding human experience, adapting to others behaviours and methods and learning to respect other’s abilities and talents. Art is an essential life tool in creative problem-solving and communication, allowing them to express themselves in a variety of ways. The earlier a child starts to develop these skills, the better. It is not about learning to identify the work of famous artists in history. It is more importantly about preparing young minds for a future of invaluable experiences-art related or not.
PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE GENERAL INTEREST CLASSES-REFER TO POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
FALL TERM (Sept.-Dec.-16 weeks)
WINTER TERM (Jan.-Apr.-12 weeks)
SPRING TERM (Apr.-Jun.-12 weeks)
SUMMER TERM (Jul.-Aug. -8 weeks)
Toddler Programs – up to 2 years old
(Must be accompanied by an adult.)
Toddler Art-Creative Play!
Toddlers love activities like finger-painting, pasting, colouring pictures, and folding or ripping paper. These activities might be a bit messy, but they have immense value. They help toddlers: by stimulating their visual senses, exercising their minds, getting used to new textures, such as the feeling of finger paint and develop all kinds of fine motor skills, as they use their fingers, feet and so on. The end result is not important; rather it is the exploration of their creative impulses and self-expression. This program is offered to toddlers up to 2 years old. Toddlers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Kinder Programs – Ages 0-4
(Children must be potty-trained.)
Kinder Art Drawing Fundamentals
Drawing is one of the most important activities students can do. Drawing not only provides the basis for other creative activities – like painting, sculpture and printmaking – but it also provides a direct link with reading, writing and especially mathematics. The connection between drawing and geometric shapes and measurements simply cannot be denied. Students will exercise concepts of lines, shapes and interpretation. Ages 2-5. Children must be potty-trained to take this program.
Kinder Art Colouring Fundamentals
Learning colours is an essential part of human interaction and interpretation within their environment. From a young age children are visually attracted to colours. Many of them can already identify their favourites and begin personalizing their choices influenced by these colour choices. Colours represent feelings and identity. Through songs, stories, art activities and colour flashcards, students will find them fun and remember and recognise color words well. Ages 2-5. Children must be potty-trained to take this program.
Kinder Art Painting Fundamentals
Painting explores a whole world of colour and communication for children. It provides them with a release of emotion. It is important to allow children the freedom to express their own creativity, without having any expectations. There are many different ways of painting; therefore children must have exposure to materials and tools early on in order to develop a comfort and confidence with them. Through a series of fun painting exercises, students will develop their creativity and self-expression and learn to interpret and communicate what they see. Ages 2-5. Children must be potty-trained to take this program.