As we prepare to send out volunteer teams, in addition to placing teams we need to update our curriculum, too. Last Friday Ally and Dani met with any volunteer that wanted to come to discuss new ideas. Big shout-out to Jennifer for helping us! We developed 10 new curriculum strategies.
Dani said, “many [of the strategies] are very intuitive with unique sensory based materials and an aesthetic focus with a secondary concentration on process.” By emphasizing process over product we strive to let children imagine and play while making art. Dani also said that they tried to creatively draw from their own studio experiences. It is important to us to keep our curriculum up to date to keep art exciting for the kids!
A goal we have for this year is to create an example piece for each curriculum strategy made by our volunteers. These would serve as one way the lesson made turn out as, but not the only way. All of our projects turn out always turn our differently because all kids are unique.