faces light up with joy as they stand in front of a loom.
Confronted by this rich medium of expression, the endless
artistic possibilities in their sub-conscious minds will soon
be able to develop.
educators recognize the value of free expression for young
children. Unfortunately, as Ramses noted, they believe that
it disappears of its own accord at puberty, or is out of place
in adolescents who should be thinking about exams. "And
yet the enjoyment of this freedom," he wrote,
"is as important for the adolescent as it is for the child."
Here Ramses Wissa Wassef touches on an important point when
considering that art as an educational tool can potentially
be used for people of all ages; particularly when this type
of education is used as a method of freeing individuals from
the everyday conventions so often and so forcefully imposed
on them. Below, Ramses further explains his ideas and methods
is one of the most promising fields of art education. Conventions
with regard to perspective and the imitation of reality are
less intrusive here than in the fields of sculpture and drawing;
it is moreover easier to guard against conventions peculiar
to weaving itself, which possesses its own rich and ever-renewable
variety of forms, colours and methods of expression.
weavers interpret straight into weaving the images which come
to them. The child lives in a world of beauty peculiar to
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exalts him and redoubles his enthusiasm; criticism paralyzes
and stifles him. He must have freedom: his feelings and the
forms they take are dictated by an inner inexhaustable vision
which finds expression in a natural sense of values and an
had no exams at Harrania. In fact, it is even misleading to
talk of education. I merely acted as a screen between the
army of external influences and the children's own rich natures.
By means of direct creative activities, I aroused and protected
the free play of spontaneous impulses. The result was a whole
new language, an unlimited source of poetry that 'came' to
light early and has remained abundant through the years. Far
from weakening, the miracle of its incredible vitality has
been continually renewed in spite of outside disturbances.
It went on through the age of puberty, which we had been led
to fear, and even through marriage and adulthood."