Messy Hands: Creating Visual Art with Children

Instructor: Jenifer Clay
Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Or at least hands covered in paint? If so go no further. This lesson will discuss the importance of creating visual art with children and offer some ideas to help you get 'messy hands' for learning.

Messy Hands

Art offers children a way to learn and express themselves. Children grow and develop rapidly as does their own understanding of self and the world around them. The process of making art allows children to give understanding to something that is often intangible. Young children explore the world with both a creative and a scientific 'eye.' The artist in them searches for creative expression, and the scientist figures out the way to do it! Our role, as teachers, is to provide children with the inspiration and materials, then to stand back and let them get 'messy hands'!

So, what exactly are messy hands? For the context of this lesson, messy hands are created when children can tactilely touch, draw, sculpt, or otherwise be creative with their hands. In fact, the messier, the better.

Messy Hands

Importance of Messy Hands

As a teacher, when you let messy hands create, you are developing many different areas of development and growth in children. The following is a list of seven key areas of developing children and learning activities to support growth and development.

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