Collaborative Art: Life Lessons Learned Beyond the Canvas

“Collaborative art is much more than 2 or more children creating a masterpiece. It is about working collaboratively with a peer and building social skills in the areas of language, leadership, cooperation and problem solving. Children who work on art together collaborate to decide on tools and materials.   They use their listening skills to hear peer ideas and they learn to negotiate for their own ideas to be shared. Children, also, develop spacial awareness as they work together. When their project is completed, they will determine how they will share their creation and decide who will get to take it home. Life lessons realized in artistic expression and teamwork!”

– Pamela Van Parys, FSA ECE Program Director


Some benefits of collaborative art: 

  • Children are given the chance to make choices

  • Children can exchange ideas and share feelings

  • Children learn sensory awareness

  • Children utilize skills to reach creative solutions

  • Children exercise patience

  • Children use different techniques to record ideas

  • Children can communicate abstract concepts

  • Children experience community in cooperation

  • Children create together


Collaborative Art in History

In a nod to our Picasso Art Studio’s namesake, we’d like to highlight one of the Master’s collaborations with the talented photographer, Gjon Mili. Acclaimed photographer, Gjon Mili, became known for his use of “electro flash” and strobe lights in his interests.  Mili had been trained as an engineer and brought a scientific approach to his passion for photography, experimenting with the ability to illuminate subjects with fleeting light movement.  Upon meeting, Picasso and Mili shared their individual perspectives and explored the idea of combining the two mediums to create something unique. Picasso drew familiar themes made with strobe lights as Mili captured the artwork on film before the light dissipated.  This amazing interlude produced timeless images that became know as Picasso’s “paints in lights” or “light drawings”.