Much has been written about how Art enhances creativity, imagination and self-esteem, but far less is said about how Art encourages cognition, critical thinking and learning. While art educators and child development specialists recognize that the “Arts are not a “frill” or enrichment activity, but are basic to education.” (K. Robinson).
Our Art Course engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Sensory-Motor Skills. They live in a cooperative learning experience that provides pleasure, culture, challenge and sense of Mastery. The Course has been created for 3-6 year-olds and through making, observing and talking about their own artwork and the art of others, children express their feelings and emotions in a safe way; they can express and handle negative as well as joyous feelings through positive action.
They practice and gain fine muscle control and strengthen eye-motor coordination by holding paintbrushes and learning how to use tools. They develop perceptual abilities by learning the basics of different techniques in a simple and funny way and exploring and creating their own magic world of Art. Basically they learn the concept of light and shadow, easy perspective, some funny eye tricks, drawing technique, charcoal technique, watercolour and acrylic paint (instead of oil that is toxic).
The School often proposes trips to visit art exhibitions and in the Art Course children can “meet” the great Masters of Art through their lives and Masterpieces with simples videos or tales; at the end of the year the children enjoy challenging themselves by painting their own masterpieces on canvas.