Today was the second meeting of preschoolers with Julie Liddle for the “Make a Splash” summer camp at GRACE. The overall theme is the ocean and each week Julie brings in two bins to create an interactive beach within the gallery. This week we explored the sensory experience of “sand” and water with each bin filled with goodies for the students to touch and hold giving them a context for their artworks. Today they read Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier. The story engaged the children. Each child was excited to share their finds with one another, the instructor, and their parents. What resulted was artwork that held experiential meaning. The children learned about the ocean and the things living within it and they have developed their own interpretations of the sea in their paintings and collages.
Julie creates an atmosphere of creative discovery connected to real-life explorations. These children are like Jacques Cousteau expanding their view of undersea worlds, or Capt. Nemo from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. By developing these connections the experience is more valuable for both the child and the adult.
Thank you Julie for “Making a Splash” at GRACE and I look forward to next week’s meeting.