All Messy Artist activities and lessons are developed to be age appropriate, and encourage independence. As your student realizes their successes, they become more willing to try out new ideas and become more self-assured. The process of expressing artistic vision builds self-esteem.
We follow the “hands off” rule for our children’s art projects. Even at the age of two, children take great pride in their work, and may become annoyed when we “help” them by painting or gluing on their work. Young students may need some basic instruction on how to use materials, but we can provide this guidance without doing the project for them.
At our studio, creating art is about the journey. Adults tend to think of art as artifacts to be displayed, but if a young artist is concerned with the end result, making art can become frustrating when the final product does not match what they pictured in their minds.