I spent some time reading this book today in preparation for a conference session I am giving next month concerning art at the early childhood level. The book has a great introduction, theory, and actual art presentations and sequence. I found myself underlining, making notations, and jotting down ideas of ways to inspire teachers to allow for art to happen in a Montessori setting. Several times throughout my reading I noted that the child should have a beautiful, peaceful, well lit area to create. This should be a place fully prepared by the teacher, but then the child is allowed to be independent in choosing the activity, creating, and the clean up process.
Give them a warm inviting area, without adult involvement and they will create.
Just before bedtime this evening I was caught off guard by my 5 1/2 year old. "Mama, I need to have some glue in my room." Me, "ughhhh no!" (without even taking a second to think). Humphrey, "Mama, I really need some glue in my room!!!" Me, "You have a nice art area downstairs where you may have glue, why do you think you need it in your room?" Humphrey, "Mama, I need to create" (said in a dreamy voice).
Let Out the Sunshine, you have created an inner dilema for me. Thanks a lot!