Arts

Puppets as educational tool serve as animated symbols of thoughts, feelings and experiences. Research interests are directed towards the puppet´s meaning and significance by the activity´s subjective product in the human activity. By illuminating the puppet’s communicative properties, the aim of my research is to develop knowledge about the puppet`s relational, linguistic and actionrelated potential as a mediating tool in preschool and school education.
 
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the greatest artist this land has produced, was also a man of deep rational thought and a clear scientific temper. That Albert Einstein, often regarded as the “scientist of the century”, engaged in a discourse with Tagore and unhesitatingly admitted that he came away enlightened says something about the poet’s perspective to art and science.
The biggest concern about the present main stream education is that it kills creativity. The frenzy with which ‘art’ is being introduced seems like an attempt to counter these damages. But ‘schooling’ not only kills creativity, it also kills authenticity, cultural diversity and aesthetic sensibility. It will be worthwhile to look at what has been the impact of teaching art, architecture and design in this country. This could give us lessons as to what not to do in schools.
It is amazing that hardly 10-days go by without my meeting someone who has fond memories of my grandparents, Geoffrey and Laura Kendal, and their theatre company, Shakespeareana, that would annually visit schools across the country bringing the magic of Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw and other contemporary playwrights to school and college children. The experience of these performances left an indelible impression on a generation of English school-going children. This was in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
My USP to generate interest in art stems from a simple understanding that art is within you as good as it is around you. I have adopted the method of making the student understand, respect and experience the values and ethics of the process of art and culminating this whole process into a product. The best method to start art with any young budding minds is sand art or a collage using wastes around you. I have personally seen a tremendous positive impact on the young minds in being interested in art through this activity.
I write this article asking a few questions and giving some possible answers.
 
Why do I teach art?
I teach art because light, colour, form, texture, lines and strokes have such an enduring impact on me that I want to share my joy and experiences with the children.
 
Why should a child do art?
World over education policies almost always recognise the value of co-scholastic areas, such as arts and sports, in providing quality education to students. But what constitutes good education and a quality learning environment? One view focuses on the marks achieved in the core subjects and other immediately measurable outcomes. The other view is the ‘ability’ of the school to create a good educational experience.
The concept of using everyday materials in creating artefacts has a strong impact on education.
 
Notes on the Sky Self
If we move beyond the limited worlds of assessment, employment and success, we will be ready to create art programmes that revolutionise the identity of each child.
 
Art to a layman means the picture he sees in the magazine or poster or canvas. That is not true. That is only the image, Art is much more.
What is Art ?
It is a holistic visual experience involving a multi – sensory dimension. If for understanding we break it up into the various senses involved then we are talking of:
a) the visual experience via the eyes

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