Teaching Art, and Learning Art

I have been teaching students to draw and paint for fifteen years now. During this time, I’ve accumulated some valuable insights that I would like to share with you, and also take this opportunity to reflect on my own journey. These recommendations are not only applicable to teaching but can also serve as a guide for personal growth.

Let’s start by focusing on children aged 6 to 12. At this age, children often haven’t fully grasped what art is. So, we need to provide them with a simple explanation. Art is a tool, a means to convey culture, record history, express emotions and beauty, and above all, it is a tool to respect reality.

With this in mind, we can impart four essential steps to children of this age group:

Step 1:

Observe things, and respect reality. This is where we cultivate a child’s powers of observation and attention. By carefully observing the things around them, they will gradually learn to respect and understand the complexity of reality.

Step 2:

Analyze things, understand things. We aim to nurture a child’s analytical ability and depth of understanding. Encourage them to think about the structure, shape, and relationships of things, which will help develop critical thinking.

Step 3:

Express things, and record reality. This is at the core of art. Through drawing, sketching, or other creative methods, children can express the things they’ve observed and understood in their own unique way. This aids them in learning how to convey information and emotions through images.

Step 4:

Create things, innovate things. This step is vital for nurturing a child’s creativity and innovation. Encourage them to create on the basis of their expressions, trying out new methods and ideas, thereby expanding their artistic talents.

Through training guided by these four steps, students, as they venture into society, will possess enhanced observational, analytical, and expressive abilities. They will be able to think more intricately, deeply, and broadly, giving them a significant advantage in their creative and innovative pursuits.

These are just the initial steps in teaching art, and I am preparing to launch new courses and continue to share my knowledge and experience in this field. I am delighted to have this platform to share these thoughts with all of you. Let’s work together to nurture the next generation of artists and creators, helping them discover endless possibilities in the world of art.

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