Art is the way you see things. It is not just a figment of your imagination but it is your perception of reality. It is the expression of your sensory perception of an object. Imagine you see a tree. You might observe the nest of a bird on the tree while somebody else might see sun rays percolating through its thick canopy. Therefore, the same tree can be conceived in two different ways. If put on a canvas, we get two different paintings of the same tree.
Children are innate artists. By the age of three, you can see them scribbling over the walls of your house and across notebooks. They draw pictures, of their nearby objects, which are very indistinctive- they paint the sky red, the giraffes are blue in colour, the flower is bigger than the plant and sometimes it makes no sense. The mixed up colours and wrong proportions of the objectsinvoke in adults an obsession for correction. We purchase colour-in drawing books for better guidance. Spilling colours beyond the borders of the objects in the colouring book is also discouraged. Art thereby becomes a mere tool for disciplining and teaching kids.
We prune their creativity to fit the society we live in. Yet we admire great painters and some of them even adorn our home walls. Have we not looked at a Pablo Picasso painting in awe and wondered what it meant?Or have you looked at his painting and sighed that an art teacher would have done him some good? These great artists all have one in common- that they have produced something distinctively theirs.We have put a stop cork in the kids’ imaginations only to ask them later in their life to discover their original thinking. All higher educational institutions including art schools teach the students to unlearn what they have learnt as students in school. If original thinking is to be appreciated, why stop it in the first place?
St Andrews Schools recognises the uniqueness of each mind. As a school, we encourage the children to follow their ideas. Facilitating rather than moulding makes the children more productive. The school makes children believe that their ideas are no less than any others. The constraints of the academic curriculum have not stopped us from introducing innovative teaching methods to nurture original thinking. Young kids are given various platforms to showcase their artistic skills.
Age is not a criterion to decide when an individual is mature enough to think on their own. We believe that education is a bi-directional process and at St. Andrews School; Whitefield we prepare students for their future and the FUTURE.