The sky is not always blue. The clouds are not always white. The grass certainly is not only one shade of green. Art in its various forms- a photograph, a painting, or even the written word is able to capture these beautiful sights and moments accurately yet imaginatively. Art, thought to be a form of escapism, is actually a window to various shades of reality.
More often than not art courses are considered to be “extra”-curricular activities. We don’t imagine anything serious coming out of them. This thought process can be attributed to a limited knowledge and understanding of what art education means. Our knowledge about art is restricted to a few names- Michelangelo, Picasso and perhaps for the Indian in us-M F Husain. Herein lies the problem. We associate art with something other people do. Truth be told artists can be anybody-poets,singers,actors,thinkers,innovators,you and even I. German artist Joseph Beuys, famously said, “ Everyone is an artist”. This was not to suggest that everybody confine their life to art in the traditional sense of the word, but that we must all be creative in our own areas of specialization whether it be politics,law,medicine or homemaking.
This is where art education can play a crucial role in a person’s life, especially in the formative years. Research suggests that children transition from concrete to abstract thinking from 7 1/2 to 9 years of age. Art education has the capacity to develop intuition,reasoning,and imagination into unique forms expression. It brings various perspectives to the table. Only through exposure to different perspectives can one evolve into a sensitive and respectful individual. Contemporary artist KK Raghava says, “I cannot promise my child a life without bias, we are all biased- but I promise to bias my child with multiple perspectives”.
There are no rights or wrongs here. Art is just a means of exploring the world around you whilst developing your own comprehension and communication skills. This was the principal behind the founding of Art1st.
We at Art1st believe that art is capable of igniting passion and curiosity in children and adults. Art1st’s “Art Education Program” envisions a culture where the arts inspire subtle and sophisticated forms of thinking consequently grooming children to be reflective, creative and articulate individuals.
‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’- Albert Einstein