The diversity of art and craft

Art and craft has the ability to educate our children about complex concepts in a meaningful and unrestricted manner. Arguably one of the most rich and dynamic pieces of learning that can come from art and craft is the ability to explore various cultures from around the world. In doing so, educators can assist children to feel a sense of belonging as their unique and diverse talents and heritage is valued. From this learning a foundation is built for the educational program (Guide to the National Quality Standard pg. 10).

Consider the following items or styles: -

-          Totem poles

-          Mandalas

-          Dreamtime

-          Hieroglyphics

-          Hamsa

-          Origami

-          Matryoshka

-          Koinobori 

 

If you are not sure what these are, we encourage you to do some research and find out the meaning behind some of these culturally diverse icons that can be easily incorporated into the art and craft experience.

Educational Experience has a whole host of culturally diverse resources that can be used to enhance the art and craft aspect of your program including global village craft paper, people paint and calico flags, each of which is open ended and flexible, allowing children to resource their own learning.

But showing cultural competence does not always include new resources. It can be as simple as writing children’s names on their artwork in a different language, or asking families to come into the centre to share their unique cultural crafts with the children. Once more, this is a great way to collaborate and include parents and families in the educational program.