“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
This course is about engaging children in discussion around topics related to art or famous pieces of art. For instance, children may read a storybook such as ‘The Lion and the Little Bird’ or ‘Something Beautiful’ and discuss questions such as “What is art?”, “What relationship does art have to nature?”, “What makes something beautiful?”. Through the process of exploring, examining, and expressing freely, we create different paintings, drawings, crafts or collage and make them our own.
Instructor: Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari
Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari is a post-doctoral researcher in Philosophical Inquiry with Children in the Faculty of Education at UBC, a teacher at SelfDesing working philosophical inquiry and art with homeschool children, and the Founder/Owner of The School of Inquiry in Vancouver, BC. The School of Inquiry is a space dedicated to reflection and dialogue. Mahboubeh has created this space to nurture children’s thinking and to empower them to think critically, creatively and caringly.
Mahboubeh is passionate about painting, too. During her adolescence, she attended different art classes such as painting, sewing, knitting and embroidery; later on she focused mainly on drawing and painting (color pencil, chalk pastel, acrylic) to produce art. Mahboubeh mainly uses vibrant colors and smooth curves inspired by nature to represent peace, liveliness, energy and love in her art. In her acrylic works, she usually uses Persian calligraphy (e.g. poems by Rumi). The words and poems she uses are mostly about love, life, and the meaning of life.