EDITORIAL: Fine Art

• Tola Adegbite

• Tola Adegbite

THE learning of art started at the elementary level for most of us, which was the elementary school class subject fine art. Fine art is one of the subjects that excites children the most in at school because it is not done under too-strict supervision the subject teacher like other subjects. Because it is art, it gives children the freedom to express their hearts.

So, this art was the subject of colours and creation for kids. Lines are joined, dots are linked to create full drawings and B&W pictures are painted in bright children colours. To simplify the complexity of numeric figures and alphabet letters for children, figures and alphabets are made into drawings for children to reproduce. Art then become the creative source for learning and understanding other subjects because it interprets the heart, our feelings, best. Children only understand the art of drawing figures and alphabets at the elementary level. In fact, they learn to draw before they learn to write. Art indeed influences other knowledge skills.

At the early stage of human life, the most sensitive part of us is the seat of our feelings, our “heart”—that place in us where we just really know something in our “heart of hearts.” It decides pain and thought and this explains why the first medium of communication for children is to cry. Children believe everything can be said when they cry. At this elementary stage, children both thinks and feels with their heart, and not their head. The best way to impact knowledge to them at this early stage is through things that can touch their heart, through the languages of the heart. This explains why parents smile, cuddle and play with their children a lot especially when they are very young.

Fine art is a subject of the heart because it appeals to the heart first before it speaks to the brain.

Having that said, we truly hope that our readers will begin to feed their hearts with art and entertain their eyes with colours.

—Tola Adegbite,

Cofounder & Editor-in-Chief

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