The art to train the mind and the intelligence of the hands
The art to train the mind and the intelligence of the hands

The art to train the mind and the intelligence of the hands

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Stimulating the mind and creativity is a sport that all children should play, at any age. Just as swimming, soccer and dance help children grow in a healthy way, developing their motor skills and promoting socialization, in the same way it is necessary to take care of the intellectual and cultural development of the little ones . In fact, children increase their intellectual abilities starting from the environment in which they live, seeking an answer to their needs and imitating the gestures and behaviors of those around them. And they start doing it from an early age.

Memory at risk

Today various researches speak of learning difficulties and lack of concentration among children, often attributable to the excessive use of digital devices . On the other hand, according to data from the SIP (Italian Society of Pediatricians), for ten years now the number of adolescents connected to the Internet has increased exponentially . Not only that: the average age of children who have at least one smartphone and a social profile, Facebook and Instagram in the first place, has also dropped (Ipsos research for Save the Children).
Let’s be clear: tablets and smartphones are the present and the working and social future for all of us, including children. Demonizing them or banning them strictly would be short-sighted and, perhaps, even counterproductive. However, an informed use of the web and digital devices in general should be promoted.
After all, if we think about it, today even we adults find it hard to train our minds and remember things . Telephone numbers, names and streets that we were able to memorize before now escape us and remembering them becomes more and more difficult: there is a smartphone that does it for us. The danger is to become addicted to the Internet. A danger already underlined by Umberto Eco in one of the latest messages sent to the generations of the future. In the now famous letter,Dear nephew, learn by heart , Eco invites the new generations to memorize poems just as they did once in school, to try hard to remember numbers and streets, without using the Internet at the first difficulty: “It is true that if wish to know who Charlemagne was or where Kuala Lumpur is you just have to press a few buttons and the Internet tells you right away. Do it when you need to, but after you have done it try to remember what you have been told so as not to be forced to look for it a second time. ”

The Art To Train The Mind And The Intelligence Of The Hands

A warning that applies to everyone, of course, but even more so for children, who otherwise risk losing their memory, or rather losing the ability to memorize things, to use their mind, imagination and creativity.

A project to train the mind

The Creallinali project was born to reverse the course and bring the mind back to the center, starting with the little ones. The idea is to use art as a pretext to train children’s minds for creativity and get them used to using their hands, to develop practical intelligence and aesthetic sense . Not only that: the goal is to help children contextualize the events of the story to get them used from an early age to connect the facts to the context. Coloring with Van Gogh, playing with lights and shadows with Caravaggio, designing with Mondrian and rethinking everyday objects with Duchamp, to take a journey into art, history, but above all to understand the world around us and become protagonists of the digital world.

The art series from which the Creallenica project was born was conceived following pedagogical guidelines and is curated by Marco Dallari, professor of general and social pedagogy at the University of Trento, and Paola CiarciĆ , teacher and trainer in the field of pedagogy applied to art and cultural heritage. Each volume is structured in a detailed way and with very specific purposes. Through the storytelling phase , children are immediately immersed in the life and time of the reference artist , while the workshops make children live the artistic experience by developing the intelligence of the hands and the practical sense. In particular, each artist guides the child in a different practical activity to rediscover the taste for “doing” : as we have seen, todaychildren are increasingly engaged in the use of tablets, smartphones and virtual games , and do not use their hands even when playing. The laboratory section of each volume aims to reverse the trend and develop manual skills and the ability to rethink everyday objects. In this way, children experience the concepts of perspective and anamorphosis with Piero della Francesca, learn to use colors with Van Gogh by recreating the famous painting Sunflowers , design buildings and discover the third dimension with Mondrian, obtain wire trees by studying Giotto and rethink everyday objects with Duchamp creating new toys. An experience of practical art that engages and develops the intelligence of hands and thought.

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