The First United Methodist Church Early Childhood Center hosted over 100 guests during their 2014 Pre-K Art Show on March 20. Students at ECC had spent the previous two weeks learning about various artists throughout history during a unit the teachers call Marvelous Masterpieces. Each child had the chance to create a work of art in the style of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Matisse, Monet, Pollock and Nevelson. These projects ranged from sculpture and assemblage art to collage and painted canvases.
When asked about the children’s reaction to Marvelous Masterpieces, Pam Brenske, ECC Pre-K Teacher and Assistant Director, stated, “I love to see the children’s excitement! You should see their faces during circle time.”
Angie Hogue, ECC Pre-K Teacher, stated, “I think it is so important for the children to be exposed to art and artists at this age.” Hogue added, “It stays with them … I have parents come back and tell me that their child still talks about Van Gough and says, ‘Van Gough did that!’ when they see one of his paintings.”
Tricia Burris, ECC Program Director, reported, “This is one of my favorite units we do each year. The art show gives the children the opportunity to share with their families a small part of what they have learned and created. It is always fun to watch the children’s proud smiles and the parents’ looks of astonishment as they see each of their beautiful creations!”
ECC recently celebrated its 10th year as a state accredited preschool. In addition, FUMC marked its 40th year of providing early childhood education opportunities to the community. ECC is a Three Star Better Beginnings program that currently offers part-time preschool during the school-year to children 17 months through pre-kindergarten.