Ad­ven­tur­ing into Art

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Imag­ine a new gen­er­a­tion grow­ing up with height­ened imag­i­na­tion, cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tive think­ing. Stud­ies have found that chil­dren who have been mo­ti­vated to prac­tice a spe­cific art form and who spend time with fo­cused at­ten­tion on arts projects, have mea­sur­ably in­creased at­ten­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, even in maths and sci­ence. Other stud­ies re­ported sim­i­lar sci­en­tific find­ings on the arts’ im­pact on the brain, show­ing that sus­tained arts ed­u­ca­tion is an es­sen­tial part of so­cial and in­tel­lec­tual development.

At each stage of child­hood, the development of a sense of self-es­teem, ca­pac­ity and con­fi­dence that art-mak­ing gen­er­ates is un­par­al­leled in other sub­jects. But art-mak­ing is not only a means to an­other end. Imag­ine if all young people could experience the emo­tional, aes­thetic and psy­cho­log­i­cal ful­fil­ment gained in ex­press­ing their own cre­ative ideas and dis­cover the sheer plea­sure and ex­cite­ment of the cre­ative process!

The Imbali Vis­ual Lit­er­acy Project has been work­ing in the area of train­ing art teach­ers for 30 years and has pro­duced a se­ries of books called Ad­ven­tur­ing into Art, which is a cul­mi­na­tion of these three decades of experience.

This se­ries in­tro­duces young people to the world of art, through look­ing at many dif­fer­ent South African artists and their work, from the first artists in this coun­try up to young con­tem­po­rary artists work­ing to­day.

Through these books, young people will dis­cover this world of art by look­ing, think­ing and dis­cussing, by mak­ing and do­ing, by ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, and by ex­press­ing vis­ual ideas of their own. The Imbali Artbooks con­sist of a box set of eight books. The se­ries is struc­tured around a num­ber of themes and each chap­ter raises in­ter­wo­ven top­ics, is­sues and ideas that are en­gag­ing and rel­e­vant to young people in the 21st cen­tury.

This im­por­tant se­ries of artbooks will be launched at the Wits Art Mu­seum on 17 July.

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