Holistic Art Education
The Holistic approach to art education seeks to engage learners by making lessons with the deepest possible meaning to the student. The way an art educator can do this is by posing existential questions that provoke deep thought in humans. This type of universal question has had meaning to every person, society, and generation. They can stimulate the kind of deeper thinking and meaning, by asking questions such as: “Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Who are you? Who are we? What is of ultimate value to me? About me? These kinds of questions have been tackled by artists for centuries. This one by Paul Gauguin is a great example. It is at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and is so large that the people are life sized. This type of curriculum which is composed of topics that are meaningful to the student, would allow their inner voice to be expressed and for them to explore issues of their identity and values.