BABY AND TODDLER PAINTING
References: 3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2016, www.sgemsocial.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-78-0 / ISSN 2367-5659, Aug 24-31, 2016, Book 4 Vol. 3, 93-100pp, DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/B43/S13.012
Painters and adults in general are striving to rid themselves of any thought and preconception so that they get into the state of creation, whatever that means (painting, music or daily intuition).
The state of creation is possible only when we suspend our mind. For children under 3 years old, this is their natural state for painting. They are not after anything in painting. They don’t have a plan. For them, it’s just the present: the painting. The ideal age for this type of painting is until 3 years old, as after that appears the filter of thought.
I am going to present my methods of painting with the children starting from the age of 10 months, till the age of 3. This painting is very much different from what follows next as painting for little children, since the wish for figurative painting is lacking totally at this age.
This paper is based on my two year work with children between 10 months and 3 years old in organized activities at the baby- parents club, as well as independent activities at home, as a follow up to these.
I developed a specific technique, which is based on the fact that the adult influences the child’s work as little as possible, or, if possible, not at all. The interesting thing is that we would expect everything around us to get covered in paint: the table, the child’s clothes, his/her face, etc. but in reality, things do not happen like this (but very rarely), especially after the child knows what it is about and he/ she has done it before, within some organized activities.
Impact and conclusions
After the first year of painting at the baby club classes, and the work of these babies continuing at home, I organized an exposition with their paintings. The exposition was organized in a monastery in Cluj-Napoca.
The painting activity for small children is very different from their drawing and they enjoy it more.
Among the advantages of this type of activity is that: it develops their intelligence, it relaxes them, it is an activity they enjoy doing. The children are looking forward to these classes. Most of the parent who took part in the painting classes within the baby club, continued these activities at home in the same manner. Even if they had never painted before, they bought canvases and acrylic colours and they do it often now. The parents who did not continue painting at home were the ones who did not stay home but for a very short time.
Keywords: baby painting, early childhood education, non-figurative painting
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