How to make a Process Art Organizer

My son LOVES art! It used the be the only thing that would hold his short attention span. He wasn’t the kind of 3 year old where you could set out crayons or markers and just let him have at it. I’d have to repaint many, many walls.

So once a week I’d dig out my art bin from the garage and lug it into the house. I have been a teacher for over a decade so it’s packed pretty tight with miscellaneous art & craft supplies. 

Necessity; the mother of all invention

I was tired of having to go out in the garage, dig around and gather up all of the materials and set up for art just to put it all away again. How can I make this easier on myself?

What if I fill an organizer with art supplies (the same way I filled the bowls or plates of art supplies) and then it would be all ready to go.

Its SO easy to set up and I refresh supplies as needed which ends up being about once a month (we do art projects maybe twice a week for one child).  Make a Process Art Box and be ready on a moments notice to invite your kids to make art!

Setting up your Process Art Organizer

Process Art Organizer

Materials:

  • Organizer with compartments, different sizes is helpful but not necessary
  • Arts and Craft Supplies (I buy in bulk… Pom-poms, sequins, crayons, Googley-eyes, Construction or copy paper-cut to fit the compartment sizes, Craft sticks, beads, pipe cleaners, glue stick, washable markers, ribbons, etc.)
  • Imagination

First

Go through your current arts and crafts supplies (you may be surprised to find you have more supplies thank you thought). If you have a theme in mind or an up coming holiday you may select those colors for example red, white & pink for valentines day or green and red for Christmas or red white and blue for fourth of July.

Next

Set the materials in the organizer. The first time I prepared our art organizer I did this by myself but then I shifted to invite him to include the arts and crafts materials he wanted to use. I buy some supplies in bulk and they last us about a year & other supplies at the dollar store. All of the unused items are stored in a storage bin in the garage and that is how we replenish the process art organizer.

Finally

Set out the organizer and any other materials necessary at a child sized table (for maximum independence). The first few times I sat with him to teach him how to clean up the bin (sequins go in the sequin compartment, crayons go with crayons, etc.). This is a practical way to teach sorting skills as well. The crayons are way easier to find when they’re all together.

What is process art?


Process art is a contemporary art movement where the focus is on the process of making art (and not the product).

The NAEYC Characteristics of process-focused art experiences

NAEYC is the National Association for the Educating of Young Children

  • No step-by-step instructions
  • No sample for children to follow
  • There is no right or wrong way to explore and create
  • The art is focused on the experience and on exploration of techniques, tools, and materials
  • The art is unique and original
  • The experience is relaxing or calming
  • The art is entirely the children’s own
  • The art experience is a child’s choice
  • Ideas are not readily available online”

LAUREL BONGIORNO, NAEYC

Please let me know how the process art organizer works for you!

process art organizer

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process_art
Characteristics of Process Art Expereinces
https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/feb2014/process-art-experiences

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