The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a summer program for preschool students. An arts-integrated inclusive summer preschool, the program is set to take place July 8 – August 1, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in 308 and 310 Patterson Building. Lesson plans will feature painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture-based projects.
Children have many different intellectual strengths and curiosities that can be revealed and encouraged through arts-integrated approaches to learning.
Instructors will work with children’s emerging interests to celebrate the wonderful diversity of how children learn, and communicate that learning to others. As the children engage with a variety of art media, they will build skills of observation, attention, and persistence while creating work that conveys ideas, feelings, and personal meaning.
According to program coordinator Kris Sunday, the goal is to create a preschool learning environment that not only listens and responds to children’s unique perspectives, but also one that encourages them to work together, to learn from each other, and to experience the wonderful multi-sensory capacities that make up the languages children use to make and express meaning in (and of) their world.
This program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Center for Disabilities Studies, and has a registration fee of $50. Based on the Saturday School model, instructors are part of a special cohort of interdisciplinary trained teachers in early childhood and art education.