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Process-Based Art 

Posted: June 23, 2021

By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

I’m a busy parent. Anything my kid has made recently did not involve me, and you know what – that is ok! Open-ended, process-based creation is beneficial for kids, and while the results may not be as cute as a product-focused art project, it helps your child develop their senses of curiosity, creativity, and exploration.  

How Process-Focused Art Experiences Support Preschoolers, an article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) describes process-based art as, “focused on the experience and on exploration of techniques, tools, and materials,” with “no step-by-step instructions.” Essentially, kids can make whatever they want with the materials that are available to them. This could mean that they are using paper and markers to draw, toothbrushes and paint to create a painting, or glue and bottlecaps to make a sculpture. There is no defined end or way to get there. 

The free kit to paint and display Frida-inspired art for the Find Frida Scavenger Hunt Celebration is an opportunity for process-based creation. Get yours in the Youth Department while the supply lasts!