Art to soon be­come an in­te­gral part of

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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

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