Children are born with the superb ability to observe and appreciate art and beauty, much more than adults. They are close to art due to their purity.
Music is the gift to mankind from the universe. It is as a language, yet, more than just a language. It is the most fundamental language. If one observes carefully, he would find that children love music unless a child is deprived of the privilege or has associated music with painful memories. Children are easily aroused by the tempo of music and become happy. A child can’t be complete without music education. The loss of it is beyond our imagination.
The real effect of music on children is that it equips a person with a wider perspective and multiple layers of experience and cognition. The impact of music on creativity is like a divine energy. It makes a person much more able to think and imagine. It is, therefore, music that offers a wider space for development. The other effect of music is that it makes a person appear to have taste and quality.
The purpose of music education is not to cultivate a professional musician. It is to make life more well-rounded. Art is not only external beauty, but it is the combination of internal and external beauty.
Drawing is the most widely used art form in art education amongst children. As art takes on many forms, such as hand crafts and games, it offers great visual stimuli. A silent language for the expression of thoughts and emotions, art is a means for the dialogue with one’s spirit. It is so real and powerful that is beyond spoken language. It directly touches a person at the moment and it embodies the unbelievable power of aesthetics.
If adults intervene or instruct the child when he is creating art, it would be directly be detrimental to the soul and leave him with sorrow. Children experience and feel art with intuition. They are all born with it. However, children gradually lose it as more interference disrupts it. Thus, education for aesthetics is to preserve and expand the child’s gift for aesthetics. It would enrich his life and entertain him in the future.
Adults focus on skills, and thus it is hard for adults to imagine the children’s aesthetic experience. We can only assist and guide the child to observe surroundings and to experience it; however, we can’t impress a desire to create art or “vision”. Children’s divine gift should be respected. We should be humble when we assist the child so that we could learn from them and find what we have lost. The purpose of drawing for children is to help him develop a direct sense of objects and colors. It is not about the techniques which they would eventually master in the future. Techniques would oppress the richness of children’s imagination and authentic creativity.
The real result of education for drawing is not only to discover the pleasure and satisfaction creation could bring to them but also to deepen the child’s observation and understanding of humans and the surroundings. Most important of all, it allows a person to develop the ability to think and to observe. It is the ultimate goal of human intellect: creation induces thinking and in reverse, thinking completes creation. This is the starting point of all creation and invention.