God's Little Artists showed off their springtime art, which will be displayed at Winkler Arts and Culture for the month of May. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)
Spring has sprung and there’s no better way to celebrate the newfound warmth than with new art.
Winkler Arts and Culture is showing God’s Little Artists’ spring collection this month.
“It’s an educational creative arts program that has a Christian foundation in it,” Jennifer Krahn, or Mrs. Jen as she’s known to the kids, said. “These students are our future artists in this community and I think the arts, no matter what expression it is, needs to be encouraged and explored from a young age.”
“Students won’t know their interests or where they’re headed artistically if they’re not able to try it,” she added. “For me, the arts is important from a young age because this is when they’re like a sponge. They’re grasping concepts and ideas and really taking hold of it and running with it.”
The artists range from 3 to 6 years old, and 48 students have their art displayed. Krahn runs separate 4 classes, and has been running God’s Little Artists for 4 years.
Now the preschoolers get to see their art on the walls of the local art gallery. Each student has two pieces on display, a canvas piece with marker and Sharpie and a butterfly that was sent home as a homework piece to get the parents involved. “[The kids] were buzzing with excitement,” Krahn said. “They’re so proud. I tell them I’m proud of them and they know that no matter what it looks like, it’s awesome.”
Krahn said her support and the support from their parents can really make the difference in instilling confidence in the students. “They’re trying and they’re not going to be perfect,” she said. “Well, what’s perfect? I’m not looking for perfection ever, just creativity and original thought and ideas.”
All the art the students do is free art. “Nothing is contained or corrected,” Krahn said. “It’s guided but not corrected. It’s an expression of who God made them to be. God has created them to be amazing and awesome.”
Before this, Krahn taught in San Diego, where she became Montessori certified before moving back to Manitoba.
“There was a demand in the community because there were so many small towns and not enough space,” Krahn said. “I wanted a Christian art-based program sort of like Montessori.”
Krahn said she has had kids that come to her program claiming that they don’t like art, but by the end of the year they’re fully invested and their parents can’t believe what they’re doing at home as well.
The program runs once a week from mid-September to the end of May. God’s Little Artists has already filled up for the next session.
WAC will be displaying God’s Little Artists for the month of May.