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DOCA promotes aesthetic education in elementary schools

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Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs promotes aesthetic education at
Longshan Elementary School in Taipei’s Wanhua District.


By Yali Chen
 
Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) continues to promote aesthetic education in elementary schools in 2018. A total of 70 second-graders and third-graders at Longshan Elementary School in Taipei’s Wanhua District were selected to participate in this year’s experimental arts program.
 
“If we want children to value art, we must give them access to it early in life. To foster a love of art in children, we must teach it at primary school,” DOCA Project Manager Wei Pang said. “This new arts program aims to help students in second and third grades to learn color aesthetics through a series of aesthetic activities.”

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Second-graders at Longshan Elementary School in Taipei’s Wanhua District
learn color aesthetics in class.

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Hsu Chao-hsiung, a specialist teacher of the Children’s Art Museum in Taipei,
teaches young students how to paint and draw by observing Hercules beetles.


DOCA commissioned the Children’s Art Museum in Taipei to carry out this experimental program at Longshan Elementary School.
 
“Primary school art lessons often happen in the classroom with class teachers, rather than a specialist teacher. Many elementary schools in Taipei lack art teachers, so we help to teach these children color aesthetics once a week,” the museum’s director Huang Mei-ling said. “If we get young children interested in fine arts, they will learn how to appreciate the beauty of art.”

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Huang Mei-ling (right), Director of the Children’s Art Museum in Taipei, designs a series
of art lessons to help young students learn how to paint and draw.

 
A series of the step-by-step art lessons teach young students everything they need to paint and draw. In class, they learn primary colors, warm colors, cool colors, adjacent colors, complementary colors, and gray scale.
 
“We’ll also teach them how to paint with watercolors and wax crayons, as well as how to mix colors through observation,” Huang said.

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Chen Ling-zhu (right) teaches second grade at Longshan Elementary School
and believes that young children can benefit from aesthetic education.

 
“I found that children show many creative ideas in their paintings, and that they are more sensitive to light and colors,” said Chen Ling-zhu, who teaches second grade at Longshan Elementary School. “After completing a painting piece, young students will be more confident in themselves.”
 
Chen believes that art education can also help young children to express themselves, develop the skills of communication and problem solving, and learn how to share their insights with their teacher and other students.