Cynthia Scott (of Art in the Barn), BFA. M.Ed. Artist and K-12 Certified Art Teacher. Cynthia teaches diversified, small group instruction on mixed media in her converted barn/studio.
Working with scissors, paint brushes, sewing needles, glue, drawing tools, and other media increases children’s motor dexterity and tactile understanding.
Creating a design means making decisions. Children use critical thinking skills to figure out the best way for their art to make a visual impact, whether by placing a cut-out object on a collage, or deciding on a vibrant color. All of these decisions are made on their own.
As children create their own art, there is time for introspection. Not only are children learning more about themselves, they are learning about and becoming more aware of others around them. Art also fosters self-confidence. We work with students on not only a physical level, but also on an intrinsic level!
Creating an art project from start-to-finish increases a sense of determination, focus, and “sticktoitivness”! Through this focus they are exercising the Zone of Proximital Development. Children also can develop an eye for detail.
Creating art allows children to express feelings in a healthy way while also producing something that reflects those emotions through accomplishment.
I am impressed with his ability to focus on detail… He has at times been hesitant to enter new social situations and art has been a wonderful environment to connect with new and diverse friends!