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What is Process Art?

Updated: Feb 1, 2021

Process Art is art that is child-directed, child choice-driven, and celebrates the experience of discovery. In process art, the final product is always unique and the focus is always on the creation of the work, not the outcome.

What are the benefits of process art?

There are so many benefits to process art! Process art is developmentally appropriate for young children because meets them where they are as sensory explorers. Though it is awesome for young children it is also a huge benefit to older children and ADULTS!

Through process art, you can…

  • will think creatively, independently, and imaginatively

  • will learn about the physical limitations and possibilities of materials.

  • are encouraged to use creative and critical thinking skills.

  • will gain confidence to realize their own ideas.

  • are motivated to ask questions and experiment.

  • will embrace experimentation and mistakes as part of the learning process.

Process Art…

  • is Child directed

  • celebrates the experience of discovery

  • has unique outcomes with no two pieces looking alike

Product Art…

  • is adult driven

  • offers the child clear steps that have to be followed

  • has a specific outcome in mind

  • expects the final product to look like a sample

  • has expectations around a right and wrong way to do it Sometimes we use a Product Art Project but we always try to let the artists experiment, and think creatively!

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