BASKING RIDGE, NJ - (March 24, 2014) – Children from Zimmer School [Infants – Grade 1] will have art projects on display at several local venues in the coming months as they share some of their work with the larger community.
Art projects, which often incorporate recycled and re-purposed materials, are a natural out-growth of the learning process at the Basking Ridge school, which draws partial inspiration from Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.
Malkie Herson, the school’s Educational Director, described the projects as tangible demonstrations of a curriculum which plans for student interest and discovery, then gives children the opportunity to explore the paths those discoveries open to them. “Art encourages students to look at the world around them as a source of both inspiration and materials allows even the youngest children to explore and express in meaningful ways.”
Their projects have been displayed at various venues around the area, from a recent stint at the Learning Experience in Sterling, entries in the Somerset County Parks Environmental Education Center annual showcase of children’s art, to an upcoming appearance at Starbucks in Warren, and at area libraries.
By showcasing their art throughout the community, they begin to recognize their membership in the communities which make up their lives. This builds within them a sense of responsibility to share their talents and efforts with others.
In recent weeks classes have been exploring the elements of the Passover Seder [traditional ritual meal] and created representations of those elements in different materials. The children’s art will be displayed along with “Happy Passover” wishes in area supermarkets. One mom shared, “Jessie was so thrilled to see her art hanging in our supermarket. She was dancing through the aisles for the rest of the shopping trip!”
The art projects vary with skills and concept building as children grow and become more adept. Kindergarten and 1st grade students collaborated on a mosaic topped painted table this year [now at the Bernards Township Library]. PreK children used recycled bottles, plaster, card board, and paint to sculpt their imaginings. [also at the library] Preschoolers used traditional and unconventional or found objects in their work, encouraging them to look at objects in more than one context. The experimental nature of the projects and the joy in process, not just results, encourages students to try new things, venture an imaginative answer, wonder about an unconventional approach; in essence, the freedom to learn.
Projects from Zimmer & Olam can be seen this month at:
Shoprite - Bound Brook
Kings – Warren & Gillette
A& P - Basking Ridge
Stop N Shop – Basking RidgeBernards Township Library
Starbucks - Warren, NJ