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Should art be taught at school?

Art is all around us

The mesmerizing sonnet, the enchanting sonata, the beautiful painting, the intricate embroidery, the gigantic sculptures, art is all around us! Art is something as old as the human history and is there in everything we see around. The style of the shoes, someone’s hat, the look of a car and the towering buildings are all designed by someone who could think of it. All of this has happened on a paper, canvass or a digital screen. This is where the children learn how to read and write.

Expressing since centuries

In the previous centuries, before the industrial revolution happened, there was some part of art involved in every family. What was essential for survival and called resourcefulness in those times, is now considered art in hindsight, like pottery. For art to survive it is necessary that it keeps getting transferred to the upcoming cohort. Imagination is an important ingredient of art. In schools, children can get enough exposure towards various art forms. It would allow a child to not only express themselves, but to also imagine a world beyond what exists. It is crucial that people are taught about art at an early age, the uncorrupt mind acts as a perfect canvass for all the creativity and imagination. Everything we see around is because someone imagined it.

The need at schools

The only way to do this successfully is to not start marking children for their creation. Art is not something to be rated and competed against, it would only deter children from pursuing it at a higher age. Schools must understand that children need some time just to imagine and create something without the fear of being derided. It’s also important to recognize which art form gets a child the most excited. We would have no Shakespeare and Mozart if they both were forced to paint. Every child needs enough exposure towards various art form, enough appreciation and enough support from the schools to keep the human mind inquisitive enough, for without that we would have perished long time back!

The intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience do more than sweeten an individual’s life — They “can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing,” creating the foundation to forge social bonds and community cohesion.

Rand Corporation

, 2005