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Families and Teachers Celebrate Art at Night at the Museum

By Christina Aguirre, Education Director |

Over the past several weeks, our Head Start and Early Head Start teachers have been making a special effort to incorporate art into the classroom. Each teacher chose one master artist from history to teach the kids about and then they worked together to create new works of art that were inspired by the style of that artist.

The kids and teachers, and some parents, all had a blast creating their unique works of art to showcase at our family event, Night at the Museum. You can see the complete album of the kids, teachers, and parents creating their own artistic masterworks here.

Our first Night at the Museum event was a huge success! Parents brought their kids to our Marylhurst Campus location where the teachers had put up displays of the artwork. The teachers were so proud of the work that went into this event, and it was clear the parents were impressed by the talent of our many young artists.

You can find an album of some of the art displays here.

The inspiration behind these art projects and culminating event came from our Executive Director, Darcee Kilsdonk. Darcee knows the importance of art in the STEAM curriculum used by Head Start.

In the words of Pablo Picasso, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Art engages the senses of children with open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional, and multisensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self-esteem, and creativity. Learn more here.