What exactly is Transient Art?
Definition: Transient art, by definition, is non-permanent and allows the children to manipulate, explore, and experiment with patterns and shapes in a completely process-oriented way. Having a defined space to work within adds just enough subtle structure to provide focus.
For our children, this means that they get to explore with a lot of different materials.
As we are lucky enough to have our beautiful Art Studio and different kind of surfaces for our children to work at, they can focus on their art in small groups or in solitude – however, they choose.
We have been collecting a large variety of different natural and man-made materials, picture frames, and backgrounds to choose from.
Through Transient Art, we teach greater respect for the environment, as materials are not glued on and “used up”, but will be sorted back into their containers and re-used.
Children get to express their ideas, create patterns, begin to sort and categorize and learn about the attributes of the different materials.
These are all skills they, later on, need at school to be able to understand maths and reading and writing concepts. However, here at Leap Start Early Learning Child Care children can explore, investigate, and create at their own pace.
Isis and Rachel, our wonderful and ever so creative Art Teachers, even allowed the natural world, specifically the wind and our trees to be “Transient Artists”
It was absolutely fascinating to see how the wind moved the different kinds of drawing implements of their Wind Drawing Machines.
It wasn’t always easy for our children to just observe, but overall, they understood that sometimes art is just for looking at.
Together they explored which implements created the most distinct patterns and which might not work as well and then “improved” the Wind Drawing Machines.
Different heights and viewing angles kept it interesting and when it rained one day, the pieces of art created by nature, where simply stunning.
We shared photos and videos of our drawing machines on Facebook, had over 20.000 hits altogether and just today I was approached by Sam Stier, the Director of Learning with Nature in Iowa, USA, to ask if he can use our Wind Drawing Machine videos in the educational materials they develop- isn’t that amazing?
All this is part of our Accelerated Neuro Response Approach, which is based, amongst other things, on the importance of exposing children at an early age to the Arts. It’s our very own pedagogical approach we are continuously developing…