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Early Childhood Exhibit

Monday, May 20, 2019, 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM


Learn how quality early learning leads to success! Exhibit will run through May 5th.

In honor of Week of the Young Child (April 8-12), Month of the Military Child, and Day of the Child (April 30), Four Rivers Cultural Center is pleased to invite the public to view an exhibit of local children’s art! This celebration of children’s art is brought to you by the Focused Child Care Network, a group of Family Child Care Providers, all of whom are located throughout three Eastern Oregon counties, Malheur, Baker, and Wallowa.


Each of the child care providers represented in the exhibit are actively pursuing the highest quality of care and education for the young children in their programs. The Focused Child Care Network increases the supply of high quality care and education, linking early learning with school success. High-quality early childhood experiences, school readiness, and later life success are linked.


Given the impact on brain development that early experiences have, it is not surprising that several studies have uncovered significant long-term impacts of creative environments. They highlight how creative activities that encourage positive relationships can support the rapid blooming of synapses, leading to the formation of well-rounded personalities, good attachment, self-esteem and better mental health. (Zero to Three: Brain Development)


When children draw, paint, and scribble, cut and glue, use play-dough, finger paint, use beads, macaroni, objects and string, children learn to use small muscles, writing skills, creativity and ways to express themselves, colors, about cause and effect, patience, communicate ideas, problem-solving, and self-confidence. Through process art, children also learn fine motor skills, gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, language, cooperation, wonder, thinking, risk-taking, problem solving, counting, colors, shapes, dimensions, measuring, physics, storytelling, expression, team building, time management, to explore, to daydream, to ask, to relax, to challenge, to pause, to observe, about creativity, and about being themselves.


Children normally go through developmental stages in how they draw and create artwork. Toddlers, from the first time they hold a crayon until around age three, scribble. They marvel that their movements create marks. Young toddlers are building wrist and hand muscle control, grasping strength, and eye-hand coordination, so their scribbles begin by sprawling all over the page, or being focused in one narrow location, with little interest in the image that results. They progress to more controlled use of lines around age three. Between the ages of three and four, preschoolers gain more small muscle control and perceptual abilities and begin to form simple, rudimentary shapes. Three-year-olds usually master circles, which emerge from controlled scribbling. Circles are the simplest shape to make. Aligning lines and creating corners enables preschoolers to create squares. Most four year olds can imitate making cross marks, squares and triangles, then progress to initiating these shapes on their own, with no model to follow. Around four years of age, children begin to combine shapes to make nearly recognizable objects, like a person or house. Prior to age four, children create "non-representation" artwork, meaning their creations don't "represent" anything, at least not any object others would recognize. At five years of age, children draw pictorial images. Their people have limbs and show motion. Their butterflies include colorful sections and details with antennae and wings. As children mature in age and have more art experiences, they learn how to use line, color, shape/form, and texture to communicate thoughts and feelings, visually. As children learn about the principles of visual organization: unity, variety, balance, repetition, rhythm, pattern, emphasis, proportion, perspective, composition and

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