The Gold Pelicans enjoy process-focused art with paint each morning whether it’s at the easel or the classroom table. Process-focused art is based on the experience, and on the exploration of techniques, tools, and materials rather than the finished product. With the help of the children, the teachers choose different colors of paint and sizes of brushes each day. Each week they add new types of tools such as pipettes, golf balls, corks, pumpkins or even their feet. The children are invited to experiment in any way they like, watching how the paint interacts with the tool used to apply it. At first, some of the children were a little apprehensive, worrying about getting paint on their hands or the table but, after a little encouragement, they have become quite comfortable getting messy. Some of the children take their time and make purposeful marks on the paper, while others will quickly add paint to the paper then they are off to something else. Mark making with paint and various tools helps to not only build fine motor skills but also cognitive development with each mark having a special meaning to the child.