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Art – Unleashing the Imagination

The ARTS Programme (Art by Region Through the Senses), is a new and exciting course for young children providing:

  • A cultural experience through learning about and creating regional traditional art from around the world
  • An exploratory experience to discover and study the inspiration behind the unique styles used by various artists
  • An emotional experience to aid in mastering the ability to understand and express emotions in a positive manner.

Through arts and crafts, Helen Doron Kindergarteners learn to express themselves and develop an appreciation for beauty in the world around them. Our programme trains children to view the whole and its parts, to distinguish between figure and background, and to compare past events and experiences to present reality. When children are given many opportunities for interesting experiences, observing natural phenomena, developing conversations, speculating, and asking questions, the groundwork is laid for true self-expression.

Why Art?

Art is not merely what hangs on gallery walls. Its primary purpose is to interact with the world, through pen, brush, camera, stage, clay or computer. Through these means, artists express their ideas, feelings and reactions of the world around them to the world around them.
Early exposure to visual art, music and drama promotes brain activity. Through art, children gain a deeper understanding of other subjects such as maths, science, language arts and geography. Drawing provides a direct link with reading, writing and especially mathematics. Art nurtures the development of inventiveness and creativity, self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation and self-motivation. Students learn to communicate thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways, develop creative problem-solving skills and adapt to and respect others’ methods of working and thinking. The children will develop increased knowledge and understanding of art, past and present, and will gain an appreciation for the achievements of artists and crafters working with a variety of materials. They will also expand their knowledge and understanding of the importance of art in the formation and transmission of history, politics, religion and heritage by learning how art benefits different cultures around the world.

The crafts and the variety of art materials supplied in the kindergarten are chosen carefully to promote the unique developmental needs of each age. The art activity and lessons represent the spirit of the kindergarten by introducing age-appropriate themes to inspire the children’s work.  Spiral learning is applied by repeating the themes throughout the years at raising levels of difficulty and challenge.

Skill Building

Our Arts programme provides activities which allow children to explore and learn different skills. Through activities, children develop physical sensory-motor skills, emotional and cognitive development. Art enhances the child’s physical (sensory-motor) development. Children use and experience a variety of materials that provide different sensations. Fine motor skills are developed using a wide range of materials, craft accessories, and art tools. Eye-hand coordination prepares children for real-life tasks at school and home.

Emotional Development

Our arts programme nurtures the child’s emotional development. When a child produces art, there is no “right” or “wrong” – each work is “correct” because it expresses the experiences of the child, his thoughts, moods and emotions. In Helen Doron Kindergarten classes, a child’s artwork is always welcomed and acknowledged, thus creating a sense of confidence in his own abilities. Through the introduction of diverse, and sometimes new materials, children learn to face challenges.

Cognitive Development

Our Arts programme reinforces the child’s cognitive development. Through art, the teacher establishes basic concepts and expands the child’s vocabulary (long – short, wet – dry, soft – hard). The artistic process allows children to imitate and reconstruct life experiences, develop creative self-expression and imagination as well as invent and execute new ideas.