art education

When we look back in time, our earliest memories are that of scribbling arbitrary, albeit colorful lines on the wall or the crafts class in school, when we gleefully tried to fashion a paper boat from colorful paper. Let’s not forget the time when we emphatically mouthed Mark Anthony’s speech as we learn about the skill of oration for our literature class.

While mathematics and science are force onto every child, irrespective of whether or not they are interested, no heat is given to knowledge on subjects that contribute to students’ all-around development, one that actually helps them to sensitize to the world around them. An education in arts helps foster lateral thinking, prepare the student to come up with a practical solution to the given problem, and to promote awareness and effective dialogue.

Education isn’t just tests and grades, but meaningful experiences with visual art that contribute to the development of valuable thinking skills and attribute whose benefits extend well the classroom. The creativity quotient is necessary to develop the ability to ask questions, test ideas, take risks, think flexibly and divergently, and deal with ambiguity. Engagement in arts helps improve motivation, confidence, concentration, and teamwork.

The intervention of arts in education can promote cultural diversity, countering the conventional way of defining what and how a student must learn. Education is a life-long quest. Education with a tint of arts can equip students for the severity of the working environment of the future. A curriculum should be adapted by schools all over the world that aids to self development, fosters a sense of curiosity and promotes excitement about learning.

Within the space that is left between theory and practical, arts fill the gaps in curriculum, with its hierarchical and unilateral dispensing of information. A one-dimensional approach to problem solving hinders authentic learning, restricts in-depth understanding and discourages independent thought. The system should be such that holds no limits to the notions of intelligence. Arts offer numerous opportunities to explore and experiment.

The 21st century is much more complex than the older times, and skills such as flexible thinking, positive risk-taking and attention to detail are required by today’s organizations, skills beyond the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Imagine learning about World War II through role play as opposed to making notes or learning it from textbooks. Sounds fun!

Realize your unique abilities, it isn’t something installed by the factory. The qualities which come to you naturally, that makes you stand out. And the next step is choosing to trust someone else with the responsibility of the ‘other’ tasks. Don’t be a control freak, learn to let go. “Most people spend 90% of their time on what they’re NOT best at and what they don’t like doing – and only 10% of their time on their best and most enjoyable ability. Geniuses delegate the 90%…and spend all their time on their “unique ability”.”