Each child brings his or her own immediate goals and desires to the program. The aim of the Power of Art is not to create artists, it is much more powerful and significant to identify what each child wants out of the program. For example, early in the program,*Charlie is intent on mastering the use of scissors. He is investigating control over paper and pipe cleaners, and learning limitations of cutting pencils and pens. *Micah wants only to make aliens, every single week. He feels empowered by deciding the direction to take his project.
We have observed even more substantive growth over the course of the program.
*The stories are direct from our program. Children’s names and photos have been changed in accordance with our policy on confidentiality.