Traditional teaching practices cannot be applied in art: Conference on Art Education

Kochi, Nov 26: Art needs a unique teaching manual which is distinct from the teaching practices followed for traditional subjects as creativity is often induced than taught, speakers at a conference titled ‘State of Art Schools: Reality and Prospects’ said on Thursday. The conference on art education is being organised by Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) in association with Foundation for Indian Art & Education (FIAE).

The three-day conference running from November 26 to 28 was inaugurated by CUSAT Vice Chancellor Dr J Letha in Kochi. The conference brought together artists, art critics, art historians and other stakeholders.

 “Art cannot be taught like science. Universities should only look into the administrative side of art schools while art tutors should be given complete freedom with regard to the curriculum,” CUSAT Vice Chancellor Dr Letha noted after inaugurating the meet. “The administration is ready to provide all support to promote art education.”

Addressing the session, Ernakulam District Collector M G Rajamanickam said society has started to accept everything in monetary terms and it was no different in the case of art. “We should make art a necessity of society. The Kochi Biennale has been successful in initiating that change, at least in this region of the country,” he added.

KBF President Bose Krishnamachari said society should inculcate artistic quality in children and art education should start from home. “Parents should make sure that children indulge in art physically and not through internet,” he added.

KBF Secretary Riyas Komu said Kerala’s social reformers have always understood the importance of art.  “It was none other than Sree Narayana Guru who encouraged famous artist Mattappilly Raman to go to Kolkatta and learn art,” the Mumbai-based artist noted in his welcome address.

Leading artists Vasudevan Akkitham and Indrapramit Roy, while presenting the data collected through a survey of 30 art colleges in five Southern states, said art cannot be taught like other subjects. Creativity is difficult to teach as it is a subject without correct language and set-rules.

Mr Roy said the data collected through the survey shows that most of the art colleges suffers from inadequate infrastructure facilities. “The teacher-student ratio is favourable in colleges of Kerala.”

The FIAE survey had assessed colleges in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana based on their infrastructure, syllabus and human resources


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