Arts in Education

                                                               

                           The encouragement of creativity can have a lasting effect on the total outcome of a person's life.


     It is my personal believe that encouraging creativity should be our first rather than our last goal in the educational system. It helps resolve life's paradoxes, helps us to think things through, teaches us how to focus, gives a medium to release inner conflicts, and channels sexual urges into more socially acceptable aims.


     The creative person is more able to remain flexible, spontaneous, imaginative, open to new experiences and awareness, appropriately aware of the demands of reality and the problems with which we are grappling.


     Torrance and Hall (1980) state that highly creative people are more able to integrate opposites into their personalities than most other people. They believe creative people have an inexplicable ability to solve problems, and are, paradoxically, both more independent and dependent, serious and playful, timid and bold, and certain and uncertain. People who can tolerate the tension of opposites, that is, live in states of paradox, are considered healthier than individuals characterized by polarity thinking.


     Both art and meditation entail focusing the mind. Such concentration engenders tranquility. The mind stills. Then, insight may emerge. According to Vargiu (1977), "The classical stages of meditation [reflective meditation, receptive meditation, contemplation and discrimination] parallel the stages [preparation, incubation, and illumination] of the creative process." 


     Engaging in artistic activity supports the development of mental and emotional attitudes which are associated with life changes and personal transformation toward spiritual goals. The art experience is also a valuable coping tool for individuals, particularly those deprived of ordinary health.


     Creating some degree of sensual contact with the environment is requisite in art. Consequently, drawing allows a child to experience his or her feelings. Feelings of stress, fear, guilt, anger and despair can be released through creative expression; and, once the child sees his or her artwork, he or she may be better able to cope with the stressor.  As early as 1949, it was observed that people's behavior improved after they participate in producing artwork;  he believed that despite the lack of insights, people resolved unconscious conflict. 


     Creative transformation is a total process in which the creative principle manifests as a power related to the self, the center of the whole personality.


     It is in a state of contemplation and meditation that I create my work, be it jewelry, paintings, collages, vases or christmas ornaments.