Developing an All-Round Personality – Art Education
Despite being a contested realm, our school has upheld and placed a great deal of importance on art education. We believe it helps in the moral and individual development of children and gives them an added sense of gratification due to creation. Art education is no longer a luxury but is a crucial part of the building blocks of children’s growth and allows them to appreciate aesthetics. Art is a part of the curriculum and is introduced at the pre-primary level. We have tested its utility over years.
Going Beyond Theory
Over the years, we have seen benefits of art education and this has furthered our resolve to keep improving it in school.
Growth through Art
- It teaches children to make sound judgements without any right or wrong answers
- Provides a wider perspective by teaching that a question can have more than one answer and a problem more than one solution
- Children are taught to see life in myriad ways and this broadens their interpretation of the world
- Students learn to adapt and are more willing to grasp and accept unexpected possibilities
- It shows children that there are unlimited options and it is their own limitations of language and cognition which cause the blur
- They learn to appreciate that even small differences can have great effects
- Art allows children to express beyond words and use it as a medium of articulating their deepest feelings and emotions
- It becomes a means for the young minds to communicate with adults even when beliefs differ
Given the wide range of developmental benefits from art, we have introduced it as a medium of education from the nascent stages of learning. The benefits include the development of motor-skills through the use and holding of paint brushes, crayons etc. When children in play way learn to draw simple figures like a circle or use a safe pair of scissors, these activities prove to be milestones in the development of fine motor-skills. Using a pair of scissors improves dexterity that assists these young ones in writing.
When young children are exposed to art, it increases their ability to learn words, shapes, colours, actions and descriptions. These young minds can think of words to describe their own art creations and also speak about it. This increases their hold over language and allows them to use it more effectively.
Art provides children the opportunity to explore and experiment with new ideas thereby releasing the creative talent of the child. This also strengthens their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Children develop visual and spatial skills through activities like drawing, clay modelling, threading beads and building blocks. With an increase in technology and exposure to televisions, computers and smart handheld devices, children are grasping a lot from seeing and doing more than ever before. They learn more through visual information and art education channelizes this information to help them interpret it, critique it and use it to their advantage.
This form of learning encourages children to invent and innovate. Art urges children to think more deeply and understand how they can make things better.
Overall, art education is a must as it goads children to do better academically. Our experience and market research has shown that students who are exposed to art education are more likely to be recognized and successful in the field of academics. These children also display more confidence and optimism and take part in programs that expose them to wider audiences and realms.