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Art Education

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

We think of books, pen, friends, teachers, and the assembly ground when we recall our school days. But everything else which once upon a time was just as important to us hardly comes within the area of our imagination. Have any of us thought why this happens? The answer would perhaps be “no”. Is it because we are made to believe that only textbooks are meant to value and everything else is of no worth? Well, sad but true, most of the people think schools are made to provide only bookish knowledge. Children are sent to the schools just to get elementary education. But schools impart so much other knowledge to its pupils. One of them is art education. Art education serves to encourage the imagination level of students. Many students themselves do not know about their hidden qualities. Art education in schools helps them try their hands at it so that they can discover the artist hidden inside them. One who is good in art absorbs everything regarding art irrespective of whether it is a lesson about a famous painter or a sponge-painting project.

Art education involves drawing, painting, weaving, fabrics, sculpture, pottery, and design in jewelry, etc. computer art, photography, design, etc. are included in contemporary topics of art. The first art schools were set up in Greece in the 400 B.C. Formal training took place in art studios during the period of Renaissance. In the 18th century Europe design got a lot of priority over the fine arts with the schools of design. Earlier art education used to be imparted to the children, youth and even adults in museums, recreation centers, social service agencies, local art agencies and even places of worship.

Art has a history spread throughout the world. It is admired but not only one but many nations and for a very long period. In the United Kingdom, Prince Albert created the schools of Art. Later, Prince Charles had created “The Prince’s Drawing School” in Hoxton to save the teaching of academic drawing or painting. The Dutch Art Teachers Association in 1880 founded Art education in schools in The Netherlands. In fact, their improvement of Art was reflected in their magazine which was brought out in 1881. The famous painter, Maarten KrabbĂ© changed the whole educational landscape with his books on how to impart education to the children by using their free expression.

Art Education and Child Development

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Most parents know that giving a child crayons and a coloring book is great way to occupy a kid for a few hours. What many do not know is what an important role art plays in a child’s development. In recent years a multitude of studies have been made available that link art education to a variety of important aspects of childhood learning. Art education has been linked to increased creativity, development of problem solving skills and better communication skills just to start. The skills that can be developed through art education are skills that last a lifetime and can benefit a child into adulthood regardless of what career path that child may choose. Understanding the importance of art education will allow this often undervalued development tool gain momentum in main stream education programs.

The first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking about the relevance of art is the development of creativity. Creativity is an important skill that can be nurtured though art education for children of all ages. Despite popular belief, creativity is relevant to more than just a child’s artistic ability. A creative child will use that skill in all areas of life from problem solving to communication. All of which is needed in everyday learning situations from math and science to reading. The goal of education is to prepare children for their adult life, creativity and problem solving skills are a valuable asset at all points in a person’s life. Many people tend to think that only artists need to be creative but what about the child who is able to come up with a creative solution to resolve a math or science question. It is the child who can resolve problems through reasoning as oppose to memorization that excels in the school setting. These same skills come in handy later on in life when that child finally enters the workforce.

An increase in ability in the areas of problem solving skills, creativity and communication directly translates to better learning in all areas of education. As more people begin to understand the relationship between art and learning hopefully the number of art related programs in schools will increase. There tends to be more focus on learning the skills associated with reading, writing, math and science. Increasing awareness about the role art education plays in developing these skills is a step in the right direction. This will help society create an education program that provides the best learning environment for our children and will in turn create more productive individuals later in life.