A student recently raised a question that went something like this:
What does the process art of young children look like in the digital age?
Here’s one answer.
Recently Cora figured out that a free drawing app that has been on our iPad includes a bunch of coloring pages. She has taken to coloring in the spaces, all in one color. It occurred to me today that she is doing this for the pleasure of seeing the spaces fill up. The image is of little consequence. As soon as she finishes a page, she often colors over her work in a new color. There is no concern for saving her work, she doesn’t usually even ask anyone to look at it.
This is the essence of process art in the lives of young children: open-ended sensory exploration.