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Children’s Day 2019 – Learning through Art

Updated: Apr 5

Happy Children’s day to all our little wonders. And on that note, I would like to introduce to all of you Visual Thinking for children.

Visual art is a wonderful medium to create powerful learning in young kids. Visual thinking as a tool is now being widely used in the United States. It helps children to observe intimately and then turn their thoughts into words. If done in a group it also helps to listen and understands various other perspectives put forth by other children.

Children exposed to visual thinking methods, exhibited a better understanding of mathematics, it improved their reading skills and it led to better social-emotional skills. Credit: Ed Source

Visual thinking works by showing children an art masterpiece in high quality and asking them questions such as –

  1. What do you see in this picture?

  2. Why do you say that?

  3. What else can you see?

As you watch the activity unfold, you will realise that children have an uncanny depth to their perception as their minds are not filled with preconceived notions about the world.

To get you started on visual thinking, here are some fantastic works of art by the masters. Just make sure you can print them out in full colour and in high definition.

Still Life with Three Puppies, 1888 by Paul Gauguin PC: https://www.gauguin.org/still-life-with-three-puppies.jsp


Apples by Vincent van Gogh, oil on canvas, 45.7 cm x 60.4 cm Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation) PC: https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0131V1962?v=1


Claude Monet, Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1869, Oil on canvas, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles PC: http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/709/claude-monet-still-life-with-flowers-and-fruit-french-1869/


S.H. Raza, untitled PC: https://www.openart.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Raza_painting.jpg


Joaquín Sorolla Bastida, The bathing Child PC: http://ceres.mcu.es/pages/Main?idt=6005&inventary=01115&table=FMUS&museum=MSM


Still Life with a Ginger Jar and Eggplants – Paul Cezanne, The Metropolitan Museum of Art PC: https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/still-life-with-a-ginger-jar-and-eggplants-paul-c%C3%A9zanne/jAGnatfURsMdQw


Violin and Music by William Michael Harnett, 1888 PC: https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/still-life%E2%80%94violin-and-music-william-michael-harnett/PwGqC1gppSI7rg


Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge, 1899 PC: https://images.nga.gov/en/search/do_quick_search.html?q=%221992.9.1%22


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