Many children are not exposed to art in the early years of schooling, yet simple process-focused art is a great way to express themselves and learn about different techniques that artists use. It can also be a really fun activity for the whole class!

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Here are some tips on how you can create these types of projects, and if you are interested in knowing more about this you can find more information on Simple Process-Focused Art.

What is process art and why is it great for younger children?

Simple process art is a great way for students to explore different techniques that artists use, as well as get creative with their work. It can also be a really fun activity for the whole class!

Process art projects are especially good for younger children because they allow them to express themselves in ways other than traditional handwriting and reading comprehension exercises.

This style of art encourages discussion about what went into making each piece while describing how it may have looked before or after an event happened (i.e., recycling bottles). Younger kids will love seeing these changes happen over time thanks to this project where they learn all about Simple Process Art too!

How to make a simple process-focused artwork?

Simple process art is about bringing a lot of small changes to the project over time. This can be done by changing colours, adding new materials or removing some old ones.

It’s important to plan out your work so that you know what steps are coming next and how they’ll affect previous processes. You don’t want to do this accidentally!

Tips for making Simple Process Art

Before starting a simple process art with your students, always set clear expectations. Make sure everyone knows what should happen before starting, then revisit these at different stages throughout the project (i.e., ideas on where it could go).

The teacher also needs to make sure kids understand when they’re allowed/expected to talk, as well as if there are any specific rules for the project.

Simple Process Art is not about producing a finished product, it’s more like an ongoing process of change and discovery!

Teachers should be prepared to address questions from kids along the way or talk with students that may need help getting started on their projects.

Simple process art can also be used as a metaphor when exploring concepts in other subjects, and this type of work doesn’t have to just happen inside your studio time!

Where Can I Find More Information On Simple Process-Focused Art?

Some great places to find information includes:

  • Kindergarten365 has some excellent examples at Kindergarten365 Blogs » Simple Process Art Gallery featuring many different types of processes done by children ages three to eleven.
  • Simple Process Art for Kids is a website that has some great examples of projects and instructions on how to create Simple Process Art in your own classroom.
  • The National Gallery of Canada also presents an excellent overview of Simple process art with many useful resources linked at their page “Process, Action & Performance.”

Examples of Simple Process-Focused Artwork by Children (ages vary)

  • Paper Mache art created during a lesson on what it means to be an artist: “I learned that artists need patience and must work diligently. I also learned that they don’t give up.” – Anjali, age 11
  • Paintings made with watercolour paint and paper towel tubes: “The thing about the process is you never know how the painting will turn out! That’s why when I first started creating paintings in this style, I was really excited because every time my hand would touch one canvas or piece of paper there were different results!” – Antonio M., age 12
  • Clay sculptures designed to emulate famous works of sculpture from history: “I learned that sculpture is a creative process.” – Julian, age 11
  • A video of an art project using balloons filled with water and paint which are then popped to create a painting.
  • The children’s commentary includes considerations for the next steps in their creative process (e.g., ideas for how they could use this technique again).

Tools needed for making this type of art 

Simple process-focused art is inexpensive to make and easy for teachers/parents to provide in their classroom or at home.

The only tools needed are water, paint, paper towels tubes (or other similar materials), scissors, string, glue, balloons filled with water and hand warmers which can be used as a heat source. In addition, children can use their imagination and creativity to make any painting or sculpture they want.

Simple process-focused art is a great activity for young children because it teaches important artistic skills in an engaging way that is appropriate for their age group.

By giving them the chance to explore, experiment with materials, and complete many small projects over time without feeling pressure from adults/teachers to create perfect work.

These exercises provide a safe space for young children’s creativity which helps build confidence in expressing themselves through artwork as well as other areas of life where this skill might be needed (e.g., speaking up when someone says something offensive).

How to help your child get started with creating their own pieces?

Simple process-focused art for young children can be created with everyday household supplies.

This type of artwork is perfect because it doesn’t require a lot of materials and the finished product is unique to your child’s ideas in creation.

Process-based work helps build confidence, attention skills, concentration skills, creativity and self-esteem helping them become more well rounded as they grow up.

In addition to using common craft or school supplies like markers (large point), crayons or pencils you could also use fabric scraps from old clothes that don’t fit anymore, these are called “thread painting.”

You should always encourage kids not just to make something but do so in their own way by giving them options like choosing colour, shape or material.

Find a project that your child is interested in and they may be more inclined to get started with the process of creating their own artwork.

Simple projects like using watercolour as an alternative to paint could also be appealing for young kids, it’s very forgiving and allows them to learn how different colours mix together when they are layered on top of each other.

Experimenting with collage materials such as glue, tape, paper scraps from magazines can allow children who have difficulty drawing or painting free reign but still working within the parameters of simple artistic techniques which will help develop those skills over time.

The best way you can encourage creativity is through playfulness – this includes incorporating music and dance into your creative time.