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Develop children's emotional language!

I'm really impressed by mentally and physically disordered artists' artworks in an exhibition. They don't consider their audience, but express their own creative world.

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Last May, I visited a very interesting Japanese exhibition in the Wellcome Collection in London, named "Souzou". "Souzou" has two different meanings: one means creation and the other means imagination. The artworks were of quite different styles and very impressive. Each artist had quite different points of view. All of the art works were really beautiful and expressed the artist's own style.

When I arrived at the end of the exhibition, I was really surprised because all the artists in this exhibition have been diagnosed with a variety of different cognitive, behavioural and developmental disorders or mental illnesses. The exhibition was about "Outsider Art". The artists of "Outsider Art" don't consider their audience. They just produce work for the sake of creation alone. 

The artists didn't receive any conventional art education but attended a social welfare program. The program just helped the artists to be able to find their style or subject what they like without any direction and supported to continue to work and develop their talent what they found.

Non-intervention in the artists' work led the artists to delve deeper into the subject matter. Now, the artists have their own individual identity and have been developing their own emotional artistic language. 

Children have uncontaminated creative languages. This can make children have different perspectives and be linked to their creativity. To stimulate children's creativity, we should support children to find out what they really like to do and encourage them to cultivate their own confidence in their creativity.


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