In the words of Aristotle, "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Exploring this inner story is the first objective of the art curriculum at Sankalpa Academy. Our curriculum uses paintings with accessible material to guide children on their enchanting journey of art appreciation. This journey also prepares them for the next step in our art curriculum.
The second and most important aspect of our art curriculum is focused on building emotional intelligence and awareness. As Paul Cezanne, the late nineteenth century French painter who pioneered intense artistic enquiry, said, "A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art." This is the primary reason for the inclusion of art in our curriculum at Sankalpa Academy. Children are guided gently in this process of reflection, discovery and authentic articulation.
The final and the most visible step in our curriculum involves creation of imagery that reflects their emotions, whether they be desires or fears or joys. This involves the technical skills needed to create art that can be understood by others.
Artistic license is a time honored vehicle that empowers us and lets us construct imagery for an alternative reality. As children gain agency, their self-esteem and confidence should grow as a result.
We will provide more information on the performing arts portion of the curriculum (including music, improvisation and drama) in the coming weeks.