Pre-school age children develop a sense of duty when their urge to action is used to gain control over matter in an artistic way. Verses and stories stimulate their imagination. Through drawing and painting they experience the expressiveness of color harmonies, while dynamic line exercises begin to train the dexterity of their hands in writing letters and numbers. Felting and beeswax modeling also develop and train the fingers and the form building capacity of their hand muscles. All artistic activities are in the spirit of creative play that lays a solid foundation for later creativity.
With the intellect alone we merely comprehend nature; it takes artistic sensitivity to experience it. Geometric drawings, knitting, sewing and cross stitch lead to a deeper understanding of geometry and math. Painting 'nature's moods' becomes a doorway into science. Felting and clay modeling refine the sense of touch and have an 'enormously enlivening effect on physical sight.'
When children go through puberty and their high school lessons increasingly focus on natural science, there needs to be a counterbalance of a human-moral kind based on individual freedom. This is the task of aesthetics and practical activities in the various arts. Clay modeling, drawing and painting compositions are based on geometry and natural laws; techniques are chosen that address the complex emotional state of the adolescent. Students get acquainted with great works of art and learn from them a concept of beauty and how this concept changes through the ages.
E-mail -- Kathie Young
Phone -- 416-304-0647