Since we live in an increasingly diverse society, the messages that the world conveys seem truly mixed. Teaching children to recognize the choices an artist or a designer makes in portraying a subject, helps them understand the concept that what they see maybe someone’s own interpretation of reality. That is why art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize and use visual information to interact with the world and how to make choices based on their new experience.
An example to support the above argument is an event that I was fortunate enough to be a part of it a couple of days ago. In particular, I assisted in managing an educational workshop which took place at the British Library and it was organised by the former in collaboration with October Gallery, a contemporary art gallery which has pioneered the development of the transavantgarde, the trans-cultural avant-garde. The artists featured in this gallery had created a project specially designed for the disabled children and their families. In particular, the children had to create little birds with pieces of paper and after that, they had to decorate them with various pieces of colourful paper and delicate gold leaves. Furthermore, they could also create their own stamps and fill them with black ink and then put them wherever they wanted on the world map, which was designed by our special artist named Georgie.
Have a quick look at what happened that day… It is so amazing what kids can create! Don’t you agree?
These art-making workshops of the British Library Family programme emphasized the importance of art in the development of the child. Thus, learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young age. Furthermore for very young children, making art provides opportunities to further develop their vocabulary by learning new words for colours, shapes and actions. It also helps them making substantial decisions. In particular, according to a report by Americans for the arts, art education enhances problem-solving and critical thinking skills. That is to say that if they are exploring and thinking and experimenting and trying new ideas, then creativity has a greater chance to blossom.
Additionally, art education is essential when it comes to disabled children, it helps them develop their senses and it is also considered a part of expressive therapy. Thus, the aim is to create an inclusive society with vision, mission, and values and make the disabled kids feel more integrated into the ordinary world. Consequently, if we give them the opportunities to create, they will and they will do it really well and we will be both proud of them and ourselves!
Enjoy some photos that I took from the magical venue of the British Library that hosted the event!