“Art is continuous research, assimilation of past experiences, adding new experiences, form, content, matter, technique, and means.” -Bruno Munari
Childhood is the moment when all our sensory receptors are more sensitive to the stimuli that the environment offers us. We look at everything, and we are always looking for something new that makes us wonder and amazed. We are more sensitive to beauty. But how do you preserve this sensitivity without the frenetic pace of everyday life, the monotony, the supremacy of rationality that makes us lose the taste of observation and attention to details?
The art of small things
When it comes to art, the masterpieces in museums usually come to mind. Art is something more: It is everywhere, in small things. You need to know how to look good using all our sensory receptors. But to do this, we should keep our senses trained, and for this reason, we think that education in the image and aesthetic sense is significant for the growth and learning of all individuals.
Learning to observe from an early age helps us to maintain that innate sensitivity. We believe that education for beauty, art, and image is essential. Through the study of the works of the great artists, we ensure that children not only learn history and culture but also to observe what is behind every masterpiece; It is therefore about grasping its artistic meaning.
For this, we are fighting for a new school with innovative projects that are sensitive to observation, experience, and attention to detail. We are in favor of a pedagogical approach that puts creativity at the center so that children can follow their emotions, their instinct, and their sensitivity. Like the Ateliers Schools that prefer experimentation and pedagogy of doing, through which children can creatively experiment their ideas and their curiosity.
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We would like a school able to arouse wonder, amazement, and curiosity, a school that transforms individuals from passive spectators of reality to watchful observers.
Art is an excellent means to teach our children and us to look at things with attention and different perspectives; it arouses in us the aesthetic pleasure, that is, that “subjective feeling that shakes us, makes us feel alive, makes us move and feel good.”
In short, Art improves our life.
We want to invite you with a reflection on an image taken from a great man and a great artist: Bruno Munari.
Munari fought for the importance of art in the growth of children. He fervently supported creativity, experimentation, multi-sensoriality, knowledge, fun, and play. In one of his books, “Da cosa nasce cosa” (One thing leads to another), he draws a man without a nose and ears possibly because he thinks that man no longer cares about smells, sounds, and other sensations. We do not let this be the man of the future.
Let’s educate on sensitivity and art. Let’s keep our sensory receptors alert and vigilant throughout our lives.