How do you create an art provocation that invites parents to engage in their own creative processes?
This was a question an ECE I know was reflecting on. She facilitates a program in which parents and caregivers, grandmother’s and grandfather’s stay with their children. Traditionally in these programs adults engage alongside the child, or simply watch as the child explores paint or glue or clay.
Mary wanted to create a place, a space for parents to draw or paint or sculpt for their own pleasure. To have a sense of place as a creative adult. An adult who happens to be here with a child. Perhaps in doing so, Mary thought, the child would in turn be seen as a creative individual. Who happens to be with an adult.
So Mary artfully arranged this provocation, and quick as you please adults sat down and took up a brush.
And so did the children.