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by Andrea Mulder-Slater
When kids are afraid to fail, they become frozen… unable to try anything but the known and the predictable. It’s a pattern that will be carried with them throughout their lives.
And, isn’t that a shame?
Art class should be a place where children are provided with room to experiment, learn and grow. 💗
But if the projects they are presented with consistently have too many restrictions (draw this here, use this color there), then that fear of failure can start to sneak up and smother whatever creativity might be lurking within.
This is why it is so important to give kids opportunities to work on open-ended projects where no two results will be the same.
No comparisons. No rubrics. No wrong way. No right way.
Don’t get me wrong, a foolproof, step-by-step lesson can give kids a huge confidence boost. But if every moment in the art room is directed, and every project is focused on creating someone else’s version of a “perfect”, share-worthy product, then creativity will wain, mistakes won’t happen, and kids will become frozen.
This is why when we design art lessons, we make sure to leave room for all sorts of changes and modifications. Because our goal is for children to get past the fear of doing something the “wrong” way and instead focus on finding their own way.
After teaching thousands of kids, we’ve seen the difference it makes. 💕
Just a little something to think about as we contemplate how we all approach teaching art to children.