Art learning should be a non-threatening activity : NCERT
Art learning should be a “non-threatening” activity where a student can perform without the fear of being judged, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) told schools.
One must not comment on a child’s artistic capabilities or compare children’s artwork, assess the process and not the product, and treat art as a tool rather than subject, are among the guidelines that the NCERT has prepared for art teachers.
“Art learning should be a non-threatening activity where children perform without any fear of failure or being judged. The teacher should not comment on the artistic quality of a child, not compare artwork of one student with another and not arrive to the classroom with preconceived notions. Every child should be appreciated for the process of creation and not for the product,” according to the 84-page guidelines on Art Integrated Learning (AIL).
“The facilitator should not reflect his or her own biases or allows the attitude to pervade the interactions with the student. The assessment should be a joyful activity, where every child gets an equal opportunity to participate and get acknowledged without competing with another,” it added.
The guidelines are formed by a team of educators in association with Jamia Millia Islamia on basis of a year-long study conducted in 34 municipal corporation schools.