Expressive Art & Creative Play

Expressive Art and Creative Play: Superhero Pretend Play

Expressive Art and Creative Play
Expressive Art and Creative Play

Expressive Art and Creative Play is the fusion of art and play. It harnesses the potential of children to discover new knowledge through creative experimentation. It gives children opportunities to express themselves in an encouraging and supportive environment. Last April 25, Artist Madhouse has conducted Expressive Art and Creative Play workshop with children at Mulberry Kids Preschool with the theme “Superhero in me”.

Most children experience many challenges learning new things, they often feel, small, helpless and fearful. Just the opposite of superheroes who are larger than life, courageous, powerful, and able to overcome any obstacle with extraordinary powers . Fusion of creative play allowed children to feel brave and fearless and expressive art  help them visualize the superhero in them.

Prepping up for the workshop.We kept the art materials organized for the kids to easily see the materials they would need.

All set for Expressive Art and Creative Play
All set for Expressive Art and Creative Play

We begin with superhero play, working together and using our strengths to overcome our secret mission.

Superheroes are planning for the secret mission
Superheroes are planning for the secret mission
The heroes are here to save the day!
The heroes are here to save the day!

The kids then created their self-portrait as superheroes.We were surprised by the outcome of the children’s artwork.

Kids making their larger than life superhero portrait
Kids making their larger than life superhero portrait

Adults may see Lauren’s artwork as blobs of messy gray paint because she enjoyed mixing all the colors on her palette. She enjoyed stepping on puddles of paint leaving footprints all over her artwork.When I asked her what is her superhero’s name she first said “Rainbow” and changed her mind callling her “Super Girl” instead. Her superhero’s power is COLOR.

Lauren enjoyed marking footprints on her artwork.
Lauren enjoyed marking footprints on her artwork.
Lauren's superhero portrait. Her power is COLOR!
Lauren’s superhero portrait. Her power is COLOR!

Leisha used lots of yellow paints on her superhero portrait because it is the happiest color for her. She named her superhero “Super Happy Girl” and her power is giving HAPPINESS. Super Happy Girl is just like her she said because she likes to make other people happy.

Leisha's "Super Happy Girl" her superpower is HAPPINESS
Leisha’s “Super Happy Girl” her superpower is HAPPINESS

Pio’s superhero is named “Rainbow Man”. Eating apple makes Rainbow Man strong and powerful. The bright light coming out of his chest is his super power which is LOVE.

Pio's
Pio’s “Rainbow Man” eats apple to make him strong. His secret weapon is LOVE!

Nicole happily messed around with paints on her hands and mark handprints on her artwork. Her superhero portrait is named “Super Girl” and her power is HELPING other people.

Nicole named her superhero
Nicole named her superhero “Super Girl”. Her super power is HELPING PEOPLE.

Some adults criticize a child when they color out of the border lines, leave a white space, mess around or unsuccessfully copy another person’s artwork. We are sometimes overwhelmed with the so-called “rules” in art when art’s main purpose is to express individual’s inner thoughts and feelings. We are obsessed with subjective aesthetic, not realizing that the beauty of an art work is just a side effect of mirroring the beauty of ones inner soul.  Expressive Art Play emphasizes the importance of the process of art making more than the end product. The outcome of these children’s artwork are so raw and profound. We were expecting shallow answers whenever we ask them questions about their artwork. They all left us in awe with the purity of their hearts reflecting on their works of art.

Empower the child to learn in an encouraging and supportive environment with Expressive Art and Creative Play. We can bring this experience with your family, in school, organization or groups. For inquiries feel free to contact us

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