What happens when we create? Using our imagination and manipulating materials gives us sensory input. We make decisions about color, placement and scale. There is a lot of learning going on! If we allow ourselves freedom of expression we will have fun. This will reinforce our enjoyment of the experience. This is true for children and adults. Coloring within the the lines is learning self-control. It is not self-expression. As a preschool teacher I wanted to provide the children with materials and time to experience with their senses. Some of their work was simply discovery. In the class room, I would take the children’s completed easel art to make butterflies by cutting out the butterfly shape from the art then gluing a black paper insect body to the center. These flights of fancy hanging from the ceiling delighted the children.
The encouragement to create and the space to make mistakes is learning. What ever the medium: paint, fabric, fibers or threads, art is expressed through the burning light of our self expression, what ever our age.