The Indian education system has been skewed by necessity to focus on math and sciences as quick path to the job market. As a result while most school have an art period once a week – the method of teaching and curriculum is by and large neglected.
Today we know that Visual Arts is a critical aspect of a child’s education. Not as a “nice to have” recreational drawing class, but as a class that teaches critical life skills like – innovation, decision-making, creative thinking, collaboration and so much more. Ironically in a world where a basic degree is growing more common, these are the skills that will differentiate the student in the job market as well, no matter what career path they choose.
Content connections between visual arts and sciences, social sciences and even language helps the child to learn those subjects better and learn to make connections between fields – often the core of innovative thinking.
A good school art program will enable students to –
Speak Art – a universal language that cuts across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and cultural appreciation and awareness.
Develop true confidence and analytical skills that can only emerge in an environment where experimenting, and risk taking are encouraged.
Come up with innovative ideas, assess them, commit to one and evaluate its success.
Work comfortably in collaboration and independent contexts in brainstorming, creating and presenting. Also finding an individual point of view and the ability to express it in images, writing and words.
IADEA aims to provide support, direction and advocacy for quality Visual Arts Education, empower the Art Educators to become leaders, encourage innovation, research and reform. IADEA will build a professional community of Art teachers through networking, collaboration and sharing resources.
IADEA will be launched at the first Annual Creativity in Schools Conference – Create change! – at the Piramal Art Foundation in Mumbai on 15th and 16th February 2018.
The conference will be a peer-sharing platform where industry leaders will share their insights and experience and free resources with Art Educators from schools across the country.