Why does PROCESS ART matter? Process art helps children go deeper, product art does not. Process art is trauma-informed, product art is not. Process art opens up childrens minds to a world of self discovery, product art does not.
With all that we have on our plate as educators, it’s important not to waste time doing superficial activities like cookie cutter crafts.
Process & Product in Trauma Informed Care
There are distinct differences between process art and product art, and these differences are important to understand in trauma-informed care. Simply stated, in product art, the teacher is in charge, and in process art, the child is in charge. In trauma-informed care, one of our main goals is to enable children to regain control of their own life experience as much as possible. Process art offers choice and control while expanding the brain’s capacity for learning; therefore, process art is always the best approach.
Part of learning to deliver process art is learning to asking the right questions. Print out this guide if you think it will help.