Museum of Children's Art: Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool students present original artwork
The Preschool IV Class at the LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP) hosted The Museum of Children's Art (MOCA) in March.
The exhibit included our young learners original artwork on various mediums, including sculpture, paper mache, clay, tin foil, construction paper, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, and more.
Prior to the exhibit, the students studied various artists, art forms, art creation techniques, and practiced with different art utensils. When planning the exhibit, students inquired about art accessibility for visually impaired people. True to the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to learning, the faculty encouraged their students to think of a way to make the art enjoyable by all visitors. Each student recorded audio descriptions of their work that attendees could listen to with QR codes.
To accompany the art in MOCA, the children recorded their voices to tell visually impaired visitors what the art looks like since they may have a hard time seeing it. These recordings were made into QR codes that all visitors could scan to learn more about the art pieces. This use of QR codes as captions gave the children another outlet to express their thoughts.
In alignment with the Reggio approach, the children explored their favorite art forms and techniques, recreating art as they gained interest. No two art pieces were alike as the children took control of their own work. This study of art continued across multiple months because the children's interest in the topics never faded and spread across various developmental domains.
The LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool is a Reggio Emilia - inspired research facility within the School of Education and is aligned with undergraduate and graduate programs in Early Childhood Education. Embedded within the College of Human Sciences & Education, the ECE Lab Preschool serves as a laboratory for the generation of cutting-edge research in the areas of child development and education. It also serves as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students as a model demonstration site within the community. Visit the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool at lsu.edu/chse/ecelp
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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.
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