I found this article:
|The process of art is more important than the final product. If you force all children to create identical art pieces using the same process and materials, the children will not experience the opportunity to drive the side streets. In allowing children to explore you run the risk that some children will get lost in the art project and may not reach their destination. But is it a bad thing for a child to get so involved in mixing paint colors that he or she doesn't complete his or her painting? The answer is no. The child may learn more from the exploration of paint colors than from having a "nice finished project."
Lauren is right. There are times activities are designed specifically to focus on a skill (tracing, cutting), but MOST art activities should be open ended to:
1. foster creativitiy
2. encourage exploration
of the media, or the idea of "art" of the "subject" of the art, of the world!
3. keep from discouraging students by holding them to the impossible standard of an adult's "perfect" example
4. remind students that not everything in school or in life has a right or wrong answer.