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The role of art

The visual arts are an essential part of children’s educational experiences and an integral component of the curriculum in our kindergarten. Offering a strong visual arts program for young children stems from our understanding that the child has an intense desire and will to make sense of their world. Drawing, painting, collage, clay work and construction are some of the most effective ways children have to construct and convey their understanding of the world in which they live.
“Rather than thinking of children’s image-making as ‘art’, it may be more helpful to see it in a different light. Just as adults use notes and diagrams to assist understanding, so do children use images to make sense of things and play with ideas.”
Rapunzel’s Supermarket (2001)
Ursula Kolbe
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