Hands-On Art for Young Children (CTLE Credits: 3)

Early Learning Through Artful Playing, Strategies for Child-lead Art explorations.

A fun, hands-on session where participants work with a variety of basic art materials, appropriate for children ages 1-7. Based on the notion that children best learn by exploring basic materials with clear parameters and complete freedom, allowing them to follow playful impulses and spontaneously express themselves. Process over product is emphasized. Creating an environment for enthusiastic exploration is the key. Through both visual presentation and hands-on activities, participants will explore the teacher’s role in facilitating creative play and curating materials to stimulate imagination.

  1. Participants will be able to understand the developmental stages of mark-making in early childhood.
  2. Participants will understand the qualities of various art and play materials
  3. Participants will gain skills in supporting play behavior and exploration crucial for social-emotional development
  4. Participants will explore the role of the adult in supporting creative development
  5. Participants will gain skills that are universal for the inclusion of the needs of all children, including those with disabilities.


1pm-1:30pm: Check in and refreshments

1:30-4:30pm: Training

4:30-5pm: Paperwork and library resources

Trainer: Tom Burnett, Director of Early Childhood Programs at the Children's Museum of the Arts

Tom has been Director of Early Childhood programs at the Children's Museum of the Arts in NYC since 1998. Prior was a lead teaching Artist at the 92nd st Y for 15 years in their groundbreaking "Red, Yellow, Blue, and Glue" early childhood arts program. Tom has worked extensively as a teaching artist in public schools throughout NYC and has developed arts programming for special education students, children with autism, and teacher trainings for DOE's LYFE programs. He is also an active musician and theatre artist, having created work in many venues including the Kitchen, Joe's Pub, and P.S. 122.

You must RSVP to attend. Registration will open in December 2019.

The BKLYN Early Childhood Educator Series is a series of professional development workshops designed and curated for early childhood educators and librarians working with young children in diverse schools, early childhood settings, institutions, and libraries, offered for free through Brooklyn Public Library. Brooklyn Public Library workshops for educators qualify towards the New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit 100 hour requirement.

The BKLYN Early Childhood Educator Series is supported in part by generous funding from the NY City Council through the City's First Readers Initiative.

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