Aesthetics and Education
We believe in beauty.
Children, like adults, love beautiful things, that's why we take very seriously the classroom set up and our selection of toys and materials. I would like to share with you some of the articles I have been reading lately.
"In the presentation at the First International Summer School in Reggio Emilia (2010) Vea Vecchi and Claudia Giudicci described how aesthetics must hold a significant pedagogical presence because it is an important part of being human and for children this aesthetical sensibility is their primary method and activator of learning. The real risk for us all is if we fail to embrace the aesthetics of the relationships of learning is that education becomes mere technique, that learning is simply seen as an efficient and functional way of doing something that conveys no thought or feeling but that is easily measured and feels robotic rather than humanistic."
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"Creative capabilities—it is essential to allow children to participate in activities that will develop his/her creative abilities. This is not so much about creating aesthetic abilities in the sense of training artists, but instead about creativity which serves the general aesthetic culture, in the creation of aesthetic values in everyday life, in the environment, in the workplace. We are not simply born with creative abilities; they have to be developed. As Wallbaum (1996) claims, aesthetic perception is dependent on the relationship between the child and art, in which one’s own production is much more important than being exposed to artworks and their interpretations"
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Las artes enseñan a los niños que los problemas reales suelen tener más de una solución posible, que es necesario analizar las tareas desde diferentes perspectivas, que la imaginación es una poderosa guía en los procesos de resolución o que no siempre existen reglas definidas cuando tienen que tomar decisiones (Eisner, 2004).
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