Ok ok…last post for today… till I come back 2 weeks later.
Early childhood educations and enrichment classes is a lucrative business nowadays. There is this demand by the parents in the market to enrich these next generation, either they are too busy to spent the time with their kids or they lack the patient. These classes including art class. Art school for kids are mushrooming everywhere. They accept children as young as 3, as long as the kids can grip the pencil firmly. (JS actually requested to go for those classes after seeing all the colourings pasted on the wall of a art school…but sorry…NOPE!)
These art schools that accepted kids as young as 3 are actually merely teaching them how to colour and mix colour (配色). It’s more of a colouring class then teaching a young kid how to draw.
I personally feel that colouring class for pre-schooler is unnecessary. Why give them a rigid set of standard of what is nice to the adult’s eyes instead of letting them explore and experience with colours. A kid’s own drawing and colouring reflected very much of how she visualises the world and surrounding. It also shows the kid’s creativity.
Look around at those kids colouring competitions. Those who have won attended colouring classes, the end result is so much adult like. The colouring of the kids is not longer been judge if it’s in the line, it’s neat but instead of how they mix the colours. Many of these kids have been given guide by their teachers and practises over and over again at home before the competition. The end result is the outcome of endless practises and no longer coming out naturally from the kids. The end result of the colouring and drawing does not reflect the childishes and kids true self anymore. (失去了童真)
JS’s done these colouring all by herself without my supervision. I wasn’t even sitting beside her when she did this. These were the true colours of things and the world in the kids eyes. To them, the more colours the merrier and to them it’s nice. I believe if the colouring teacher in the art school sees these, the teacher would have alot to correct her on the shadings , using of colours etc etc and I believe she can’t even make it to the top 50 if these were sent to the colouring contest…. to me this is already good enough. Unless one day she decided for herself to become a professional artist/painter or graphic designer and enrol in art college, in the meantime, I rather keep the money for better use.