Art Experience - Our Philosophy
Art Experience - Creative Art and Writing Classes for Children & the Grownups
Our Philosophy

 
Art Experience is a unique studio environment where we believe art is a vital part of child development. With backgrounds in psychology, we recognize the importance of understanding each child's individuality and work to meet their needs.

Our philosophy is grounded in the belief that the art experience for children should focus on not only the finished product, but also on the process of creativity, a process of utmost importance. Students have the freedom to touch, look, ask questions and find their own truths while learning art along the way. 
 
During this journey, some students are encouraged to be flexible and adapt. Others are challenged to polish their skills, working with various two or three-dimensional materials in hand.  The goal is to groom each child to become a more well-rounded person with artistic perception, aesthetic values, as well as self-esteem.

Art is more than just the reproduction of contours, colors, and techniques.  Life is a work of art and we are its artists, born with the tools--our innate imagination, curiosity, and playfulness--to create anything we can dream of. 

 
Art Experience emphasizes problem-solving that allows the child to determine the desired end result.  Art Experience seeks to:
  • Improve each child’s visual perception and awareness
  • Exercise each child’s powers of observation and imagination
  • Stimulate their motivation to learn
  • Encourage them to make choices
  • Have FUN!
 
Since most California public schools do not included art in their core instructional curriculum, students’ visual art skills are likely trailing their academic grade level.  We place each student on the appropriate level based on the visual art standards defined by the State Board of Education and teach them from there.  The learning goal is clear and the result is measurable.  
 
For information on California Visual Art Standards, visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/vamain.asp)_
 

A Student's Perspective....

Our former student, Nicole H., is now majoring in Journalism at UC Irvine. In her paper, "The Art Experience," she reflects on her time at the studio and what art has to offer.

"Art Experience Studio is the place where [students] can explore and develop their ideas. Every child wants to contribute something to the world. All they need is one person to tell them it’s possible."

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