Early Childhood Enrichment: Art

Art has always been a special part of the early childhood experience.ahc-art1

Many of us have great memories of donning a smock and getting messy with some paint. At Fairmont, we are so fortunate to have Mrs. Vogel sharing her passion for art with our young students. Each week junior kindergarten and kindergarten students visit Mrs. Vogel’s art room for a specialty class, and pre-kindergarten students are taught by Mrs. Vogel in their classroom during Afternoon Enrichment. Preschool teachers learn techniques and fun art ideas from Mrs. Vogel, which they then use to plan the exciting art that preschool students create each morning.

Benefits of Learning Art

Art is of course fun and exciting for kids to engage with, but did you know there are also many benefits to their growth and development? As early childhood educators, we emphasize the importance of art as a process rather than a product. The benefit to children comes from their ability to explore and engage with the experience, not from correctly following step-by-step directions. Socially and emotionally, art helps children to relax, focus, feel successful, and express their feelings. It provides an outlet for free expression and allows them to create without limits, which promotes confidence and self-esteem. They learn to accept and give critiques and praise, and choosing which materials to use and what to create is great practice in independent decision making. Art also stimulates cognitive development as children explore with different senses, plan and compare their work, problem solve with colors and shapes, and practice spatial reasoning. Self-evaluating their art to decide what to add or which color or media to use is a key step in learning to negotiate their environment. Using symbols to depict objects and feelings fosters vocabulary development and is a foundation for understanding words as a representation of the things they describe. Physical development is a large component of art as well, as children fine-tune gross motor skills with painting, writing, gluing, drawing, manipulating clay, using scissors, and more. Believe it or not, art even promotes language and literacy as children discuss their art, describe their product, and write (or dictate to a teacher) a description.

Fairmont is grateful for the experiences Mrs. Vogel creates for our young artists each week. You can support all of this development at home as well by providing a variety of art supplies for your child to create with. Let them explore, engage with them, and foster creativity as a family. You might find that even you can enjoy the emotional benefits of letting go with the experience!

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”