Atlanta, GA, Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CUR126: Art in Early Learning to the online child care training course catalog.
There is a common phrase, “It′s the process, not the product.” This means that children can explore the materials in the art center and simply enjoy what happens. For young children, the process of creating is more important than the product they develop. Young children are very creative and enjoy using different materials to express their ideas. As children pound on clay, dab paint on paper, glue things together, or scribble with crayons, they begin to understand their world and how to control the tools they use. Playing with a basic material like modeling clay holds a child’s interest, lengthening their attention span while allowing the child to examine, resolve, and clarify the ideas and concepts they are acquiring.
In the art center, children learn to express their feelings through the use of colors or materials that match their mood. Children also learn to share and cooperate with others as they work together in small groups and negotiate for materials and supplies. Art centers designed for young children should include the raw materials for creativity, and the opportunity to choose media and materials that fit the child’s mood. The art center provides numerous opportunities to enhance a child’s self-esteem, attitude about work and play, and social skills. Creative experiences for young children should be inviting, promote the expression of feelings, encourage children to explore properties of materials, and cultivate imagination.
Teachers should stress to children that their experience in the art center is more important than what they make to take home. This is accomplished by focusing on the skills they are using during art projects in addition to praising their completed work. Give the children the freedom to use open-ended materials in their own way and at their own pace. Introduce new materials at group time with guidelines for use, and then allow children the freedom to be creative. Interactions that build and restore children′s belief in their abilities are essential in helping children develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Early art experiences have the power to influence whether children continue to engage in the arts as they grow up.
Research has shown that children, sometimes more so than adults, are capable of interacting with art on a wide variety of levels. In addition to making art, they can learn to appreciate it, understand it, and even evaluate it. Learning about art encompasses much more than a simple understanding of color, light, or line. When exploring a piece of artwork, a child is allowed to step into the world of different artists and learn about their lives, influences, and places in time. They can later use that knowledge to grow a deeper understanding of the work of art and the world.
“This course will examine the benefits of art programs that go beyond simple art projects and embrace a more expansive view of art,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “It will provide teachers with a basic understanding of art appreciation and offer ideas for the integration of fine art into the curriculum.”
CUR126: Art in Early Learning is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. This course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_CUR126. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.
For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
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Resilient Art YQL program offering a different experience at Lethbridge Soup Kitchen
The Lethbridge Soup Kitchen helps provide hot meals and a place in out of the cold for many of those in need in the community.
Thanks to an idea from a volunteer at the kitchen, and a Lethbridge College student, an art program called Resilient Art YQL has now been created for those who frequent the kitchen.
“I saw this huge need in this population for leisure and meaningful activity because I feel like we’re fulfilling these basic needs of food, water and shelter,” Resilient Art YQL founder Tannis Chartier said. “But we weren’t getting higher up on the chain to provide activity and meaning to their lives which is such a catalyst for bigger change.”
The artists who participate create pieces once a week which are then sold on the program’s Facebook page.
It’s only been in operation since August, but those who’ve attended a session say there are many benefits associated.
“It helps with dexterity in my hands and it keeps my mind from wandering about to other things like drugs and alcohol,” Chad Calfrobe, a participant at this week’s session, said.
The program not only provides entertainment and activity for those who partake, but it also has a tangible benefit.
The proceeds from the sales of the pieces go directly back to the creator to help them out.
“They don’t have a place to store their artwork so we sell it on the Resilient YQL page and the funds go back to their needs. So, I’ve helped people pay for medication, clothing, the odd Tim Horton’s card, lots of stuff like that since getting started,” Chartier said.
Organizers are trying to raise awareness about both the Facebook page for the broader community, as well as for those who come through the doors to try and grow the program to help more people.
Soup Kitchen executive director Bill Ginther says they’re always looking for different ways to get their clients involved in meaningful activity, and this new art program is a good step in that direction.
“It gets them off the street into a building where its warm, especially with this weather. I just think it’s great when we can collaborate in a way that can enhance the lives of our guests and that’s really what it’s all about.”
Source: – CTV Toronto
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When people can’t go and see artists there is only one recourse to making things right.
You bring art to the people instead.
Enter the 2020 version of the Art at the Gate Festival taking place virtually from the scenic coastline of Twillingate and New World Island.
After a successful first run of the Art at the Gate Festival in 2019, organizers wanted to keep things going in 2020.
That was before a global pandemic and the subsequent restrictions snuffed out any semblance of a normal festival season.
Still, organizers were keen.
“We wanted to keep the name alive,” said festival chairperson Kathy Murphy-Peddle. “We wondered if we could come up with something creative.”
This year’s Art at the Gate festival is vastly different than its first edition.
With the inability to gather in person and appreciate the work being done by artists in the province, the festival turned online.
Work started in August to put something together for this fall.
As such, the Art at the Gate Festival is giving supporters the chance to paint along — or just watch — two of the province’s finest Plein air (outdoor) painters do what they do best.
In September, well-known landscape artists Jean Claude Roy and Clifford George visited Twillingate and completed an outdoor session in the region.
That session was recorded for the Art at the Gate Festival. Both of those sessions will be launched in the next week as the festival kicks into gear.
Each will be free for anyone who registers at the festival’s website. After you register, you will be emailed a YouTube link to each session that you can access on and after the launch day.
Roy’s session will air virtually on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. Newfoundland time, while the session featuring George is scheduled to go online on Nov. 1 at the same time.
At time of writing, the Art at the Gate festival had more than 300 people registered, some of them will be viewing the sessions internationally.
“The interest is amazing,” said Murphy-Peddle.
George’s session landed him in Jenkin’s Cove portion of the region. He said there was strong wind as he got about to painting and shooting.
“If there is a plus (to the pandemic) is that it forced us to think outside the box. We’ve probably reached a bigger audience.”
“It was excellent,” he said of the session. “It was a wonderful place for scenery.”
When George was asked to be a part of the event, he was quick to say yes and lend his style.
The idea is for the viewer to be completely immersed in the painting as it unfolds in front of them.
Murphy-Peddle said how people choose to enjoy the experience is completely up to them.
They are encouraging people to settle into their studios or their homes and paint along. There will be reference photos posted on the festival’s website to help with that process.
Those who do paint along are being encouraged to send in photos of their completed works.
For those who might not be artistically inclined, they’re being encouraged to sit back and enjoy watching the paintings slowly come into focus.
“If there is a plus (to the pandemic) is that it forced us to think outside the box,” said Murphy-Peddle. “We’ve probably reached a bigger audience.”
Nicholas Mercer is a local journalism initiative reporter for central Newfoundland for SaltWire Network.
New Downtown Public Art to Support #MississaugaMade – City of Mississauga – City of Mississauga
Those travelling through Mississauga will notice new public art in the form of light pole banners stretched throughout the City’s downtown core. This temporary installation by Mississauga-born artist and illustrator, Pranavi Suthagar, celebrates Mississauga’s diversity and cultural identity.
Much of 2020 has been spent reacting and adapting to a new reality brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new street banner public art also helps to promote local businesses, products, artists and activities through the City of Mississauga’s #MississaugaMade online initiative developed by Tourism Mississauga.
“Being born and raised in Mississauga, I am grateful to be a part of this campaign,” said artist Pranavi Suthagar, who was commissioned by the City’s Public Art Program to create new artwork for the Mississauga Made campaign. “I remember seeing all colourful banners decorating the city growing up and I always wondered who created them. To be selected for this campaign, and given the opportunity to share my perspective on how I view the city is a full circle experience.”
“Tourism Mississauga is very proud to be a part of this year’s street banner campaign, in collaboration with the City’s Public Art Program. Not only are the banners a great way to show our support within the community, but they also offer us an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the work of a local artist”, said Tej Kainth, Manager of Tourism Mississauga. “Mississauga Made is a campaign that supports all our local businesses and the arts, and we encourage residents and visitors alike to join the movement and support our local talents, and all Mississauga has to offer.”
The street art was installed on Friday, Oct. 16 and will remain on the following streets until mid-January 2021:
- Living Arts Drive
- Duke of York Boulevard
- Prince of Wales Drive
- Princess Royal Drive
“Mississauga Made is a great local initiative that supports our small business community. During these difficult times, more than ever, we need to stand together and support our entrepreneurs and our local businesses”, said Bonnie Brown, Director of Economic Development Office. “During the month of October, the City has been celebrating Small Business Month, and the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre continues to offer free webinars and events to celebrate entrepreneurship and help people start and grow their business.”
The next time you visit Mississauga’s downtown, take a closer look at this important artwork and reflect on your own connection to Mississauga.
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