I returned from a wonderful art therapy course recently and have allowed it to influence my teaching somewhat. This project in particular took on the attribute of freedom.

The directive was for the children to create a single digit – any number from 0 – 9. They were told the could create it on or from anything found in the art room so long as the ran the less obvious past me first.

Freedom is an agent for anxiety. It was a very interesting lesson. More so the projects which came out compared with my own comfort or anxiety levels with the freedom. Almost as if their own feelings and reactions were reflecting mine.

We will finish the project next week and I’m hoping for some very beautiful, interesting and thought provoking art. More than that though, i hope for some very happy children. The more they grow accustomed to the idea of freedom with materials the more they will feel free to create and explore.

In the art room we are ADVENTURERS!

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