Art & Diversity

4 April 2015
Uses, benefits & examples of art in children’s self-discovery, ethnic understanding, multicultural appreciation.

Since the beginning of time humans have struggled to understand themselves through experimental expression in song, dance, poetry, music and art. When the cavemen painted a bison hunt on the walls of their Grotto in Lascaux, France centuries ago they were laboring to express their connection to nature and others (Campbell 68). Painting on cavewalls appears to have offered them a sense of having mastered their world while simultaneously allaying their fears. Elementary school children enrolled in art classes today fulfill this same ancestral need to subdue their anxieties even as they develop their own sense of mastery. Jungian psychologists assert that allowing children to create yields them an enriched sense of control. Contemporary multicultural classrooms composed of children from divergent…
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