At the core of the Meadowedge program is a sequence by which children enjoy a variety of sensorial (aural, tactile,visual, literary and kinetic) experiences based on a broad theme of interest, such as fantasy, natural objects, nighttime, water, etc. Drawing is an essential part of the Meadowedge experience, and all forms of drawing, from careful drawing what they see to imaginative interpretations, are encouraged.
After this motivating exploration, and expressions of intention, they set to work on a 2 or 3D projects that visually reflect their inner and outer responses to the initial spark. Pastels, painting, fabric, felting, wire, wood construction, stone and clay sculpture, printmaking and collage deepen and expand a student’s field of possibilities.
This sequence is modified for different age groups.Younger students often work quickly through 3 processes a day; they enjoy exploring and controlling the sensorial qualities of materials. Older ones, adept at basic skills, explore the expressive options
available to them through more advanced techniques.They sometimes take 2 sessions to complete a project. Children work at their own pace; as they finish, they are encouraged to draw in their sketchbooks, work on a mandala, or look at books until the session is over, and we share and talk about their art.
‘With so much in their lives prepackaged and done for them, where are the experiences in which children, growing to maturity, learn that doing is fraught with uncertainty, but wonderfully rewarding when brought to completion by one’s own efforts?” -Dorothy Cohen The Learning Child