Benefits of Pottery For Pre-schoolers (ages 3 - 6 )
In today's world of smart phones and tablets, children often find instant gratification. They find delayed gratification hard to accept. Making a good pottery piece usually requires children to have a deep focus, hard concentration and great patience. When creating clay artworks with their hands, children tend to be quiet because of the engaging nature of working with clay. The special quality of the medium keeps them engaged as their imagination takes over.
The Special Qualities of Clay
Pottery class can increase self-esteem because children have control over their projects, limited only by their imagination or creativity. Children are encouraged to create unique artworks. And when the result does not meet their expectation, they can always rework the clay. They quickly realize that initial failures are not final. This contributes to the building of self-esteem.
The cute dog your child makes in pottery class is more than a physical work of art. Pottery actually enriches your child’s life in more ways than one, ranging from expanding one's creative and imaginative capacities to boosting one's self-esteem and improving one's motor skills.
Improving Creativity and Motor Skills
Clay is a malleable material that children can easily manipulate, using their fingers as direct extension of their imagination. To express an idea in drawing is challenging for children, but this is relatively easy when it comes to clay. Furthermore, working with clay also has the capacity to expand children's creativity and imagination.
Pottery class gives children the opportunity to knead, pinch and roll with their hands and thereby improves their motor skills. Working with clay also helps to improve the child’s penmanship. The hand-eye coordination skills learnt in pottery class can result in better handwriting and hence have a positive impact on schoolwork.
The pottery process offers children problem solving opportunities such as making a horse stand without collapsing; making handles that can sufficiently support the weight of the vessel. Children learn to experiment and solve problems by trying new ways.
Learning to Solve Problems in a Safe Setting
The programme is inquiry-based and highly sensorial. Children will create unqiue animal and human sculptural forms. They will make 4 - 5 ceramic representations or sculptures.
Programme is designed by Artist-educator Hazel Wong, programme director of Goodman Ceramic Studio.
8 sessions of 1 hour each
min of 12 children to start a class in your school.