Kindergartners at St. Frances-St. Stephen School in Geneva recently learned how to make art from ordinary objects they found around the house.
Jeannette Hernandez, the art teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade, showed the kindergartners a video of an artist making collages from ordinary objects, then asked the children to bring in some of those objects from home.
The children brought in beads, pins, macaroni, nuts, bolts, buttons, goldfish crackers, cotton balls, straws, stickers, sequins and pretzels and shared their supplies with each other, creating “a big art buffet,” Hernandez said. They then used tacky glue to secure their treasures onto pieces of cardboard, creating collages.
“I like to emphasize with all my students that what is important is the creative process, not the product. I grade based on the process, the problem-solving and the enjoyment of the activity,” Hernandez said.