Kids World's Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program classroom recently held its Young at Art Gala on the IHCC campus. Families and friends were invited to view 562 pieces of art created by the four-year-old preschoolers during their study of art and artists.

Preschool teacher, Dawn Johnson, said art is an essential part of their daily program, noting that art promotes fine motor skills that are the keys to students becoming good writers.

"I think it's just great that they have already been exposed to so many art styles at such a young age, and it was very fun to see all of the different interpretations," said Sarah Sconzo, parent of preschooler Oscar Sconzo who attended the event. "The children were so excited and proud of what they had accomplished, it was great to see."

In addition, art helps with social and emotional development, teaching children ways to express themselves through their work. Ms. Johnson also noted how art can help students develop new ways to look at the world, by observing the way colors look together and how different textures look and feel.

Cara Drake, parent of preschooler Aria Drake, remarked, "It was fun learning about all of the artists in the weeks leading up to the Art Gala. The pride in the children's eyes as they shared their work with the most important people in their lives was priceless. What a wonderful way to foster learning and tap into their creativity. The hard work that went into making this event possible paints a picture of the love our Kids World teachers have for our children."

The preschoolers were visited by two guest experts during the Art & Artists Project. Nancy Bennett and Vickie Parker visited the preschoolers, shared their artwork, and answered the children's questions about the art. In addition, both artists attended the Young at Art Gala. The Young at Art Gala has become an annual event for the four-year-old preschool class at Kids World.

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