During our classes we use a variety of materials: traditional materials such as paints, crayons, coloured paper and those less obvious ones (e.g. recycled materials), such as cardboard packaging or newspapers. Using multiple raw materials helps children to see how many possibilities and solutions are hidden in each tool and material and teaches them to use them. The works are realized in both two and three dimensions, they develop imagination, teach spatial thinking, shape manual skills, teach to use with precision tools, such as scissors or a pencil. It is also very important that children spend an hour in a pleasant atmosphere, having fun.
The classes take place according to the following plan: at the beginning there is a short discussion of the technique and the characteristics of the materials to be used during the classes. During the introduction, there is also a presentation of exemplary work designed and performed by the instructor, aimed at showing useful solutions, highlighting the features of the materials and helping children to imagine the possible end result of their actions. Then the children work independently with the instructor’s support, implementing their own ideas within the proposed technique.
Basic knowledge of the optics and properties of colours is provided; information on basic colours and how to mix them, hot and cold colours, their influence on the perception of space and the basis of perspective is also presented. Various graphic and painting techniques are discussed (e.g. how poster paints differ from watercolours), as well as artistic techniques, such as collage or frottage. Children are encouraged to be innovative and creative, and no single way of perception is imposed upon them; rather, they are helped to implement individual ideas. The subject matter of the works is diversified; landscapes, animals, strange creatures, also abstract works are created; during the year there are also several topics related to the celebration of holidays or the seasons of the year.