Art to soon become an integral part of
Previously deemed as nothing more than a way of getting another certificate that might prove useful when it comes to applying to prestigious schools, art education was in the past often marginalized in China’s classrooms.
But times are changing now, and so are the mindsets of parents and government officials who are beginning to see art education as an important facet to a child’s learning journey.
“Art can teach people to appreciate the beauty in the simplest things and help express one’s emotions. It’s a process of creative thinking that can cultivate a child’s creativity and imagination,” said Huang Yue, a mother who a year ago had sent her daughter for art classes at Tomato Art School.
“It’s not very important if my child masters the painting techniques. I’m just happy to see that she was happy with the art course,” added Huang.
Tomato Art School recently launched an art competition in partnership with the Gala — Salvador Dali Foundation, encouraging all art lovers aged above five in China to showcase their art works.
Shi Jianzhi, president of GymChina Group’s Art Education Institute, said that it is very important that people begin their art education young.
“Children of these ages have