Children will assume the problems of today’s world. With pollution, overpopulation, and loss of biodiversity becoming significant problems today, we will look to these future generations to continue unraveling the many environmental conundrums that they stand to inherit from us. Many of these problems require skills that encourage people to develop creative solutions to solve these mounting concerns, concerns that ask us to think in a nonlinear fashion. Modern Art Vancouver believes that art is an important tool that encourages people to engage in creative problem-solving. For that reason, controversial statements, such as those made in 2014 by artists who asserted that it was a “complete waste of time” to take children to art viewings, are harmful. The rambunctious energy that children exude is often deemed inappropriate for the artistic elitism that art can evoke. Educational systems seem to echo this sentiment as they treat art related programs as immaterial forms of learning when compared to subjects that require more methodical forms of thinking.
Analytical thinking is trained by subjects like math and science that rigorously engage the logical part of the brain. The foundation of many school programs was built on this analytical sort of educational curriculum; a curriculum deemed necessary to succeed in the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. These skills and styles of thinking were essential during that time when the world was transitioning to new methods and processes of producing and manufacturing goods. However, as our societies and problems have continued to evolve, the educational system clings stubbornly to dated curriculums that don’t provide a solid basis for balancing both the creative and analytical parts of the mind. Nurturing both of these aspects are crucial to how future generations will approach problems and push our society forward. Having firsthand experience with how our schools choose to disregard this critical element of learning, our family made the pivotal decision to homeschool our children.
Children gain important abilities that can only be obtained through engaging emotional, intuitive, and creative thinking. The creative portions of their brain cannot develop without proper utilization of the muscle, in the same way, a weightlifter trains all parts of his body to keep them strong. Art encourages children to look at problems from various angles. They learn to observe situations from different frames of mind including in an analytical manner. Art teaches children to form questions and ideas that lead to a balanced, rich way of approaching problems and situations. This new way of contemplating circumstances not only helps them to evaluate their emotional responses to conditions and express their feelings in a full-bodied, individualistic way, but this thinking also tempers their analytical responses, making them more authentic. Introducing children to art can segue into stimulating interest in various subjects such as history, new cultures, and literature, which can be explored by children.
Perhaps the most important facet of visiting an art gallery with children is that art engages that highly imaginative spirit that children possess. Exposing them to art can encourage children to create and see their creation as legitimate. To children, art isn’t simply black or white, right or wrong. It’s a form of creativity that can be expressed in a myriad of ways without discrimination. All art is genuine and justifiable in their minds. Allowing children to experiment with art teaches them another form of problem-solving that encourages experimental thinking as they work to figure out what works and doesn’t work in their creating process. One day the children who are encouraged to explore thinking and different concepts through art may grow up to achieve feats whose influences may be felt for generations to follow.