Encouraging Process Art Virtually

Process art is actually a wonderful match for virtual learning. The open-ended nature of process art lends itself well to independent exploration at any age. Here are a few tips we've discovered that help the process go more smoothly.

Of course, the age of the students is a huge factor. The younger the age, the more parents will need to be involved in the initial setup of materials, but as an educator you can help guide this process by providing pictures and suggestions for set-up. The one thing to keep in mind, and tell parents to keep in mind, is that the set-up doesn't have to be perfect or elaborate. See our tips for setting up an invitation to create below.

We also suggest that you recommend your favorite, high-quality supplies that can be used over and over. For our virtual classes, we provide a kit of supplies. That way materials can be mailed or dropped off ahead of time, and it's less for parents to worry about. See some of our top supply recommendations below.

The important thing to realize during virtual learning is that your role hasn't changed; just like in-person classes, your role is to push the students to think about different ways to use and think about the materials. For older students, this may even consist of sharing inspiration from other artist's processes, offering a book/video list, adding in discussion questions, creating an online forum for connection, or scheduling a zoom call to share and talk about their work.

With younger students, preschool to first graders, it may be harder to keep their attention on a call. We suggest starting out by having parents set up the creative space about 10 mins before your class begins. This allows students time to play with the materials a bit, before giving their attention to you, and opens the door for you to offer suggestions based on what they've already started. Share short, engaging videos or screenshots of an artist's work, or simply use this time to connect and create together. It can be organic; remember, the idea of process art is for students to explore the process of creating. Your guidance comes in with the materials you've suggested and the inspiration you've provided. You may find that for some students, that's all they need.

Enjoy the process,

Nicole & Raygan

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Tips for setting up an invitation to create.

Setting up an invitation to create does not have to be complicated, but there are some fundamental things to keep in mind:

  • There should be no instructions, samples, models, or expectations - just free exploration.

  • The way in which you set up and present the supplies should be thoughtful. 

  • More isn't better. 

  • Offer one new material, halfway through an experience, to create excitement and challenge artists to incorporate new ideas into their work. 

  • Invitations should be inviting and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Use jars, baskets, and other containers for supplies.

  • Make things neat and organized for optimum creative exploring.


Supply Ideas for Process Art at Home

Our Must-Haves:

- Kwik Sticks

- Oil Pastels

- Watercolors

- Mixed-Media Paper

- Glue Stick

Other Ideas:

- Magnify Glass

- Nature Guide

- Collage Materials (we love these paper petals and tissue paper squares)

- Air Dry Clay

- Sculpting Wire

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