In this article, we will explore the significance of enabling children to pursue their interests and the long-term benefits of art instruction. We have discussed the advantages of art education for young minds in an interview with an art instructor Mr. Sa

Empowering the Next Generation of Artists

Meet Sachin Raj Bajracharya, the owner of The Precious Arts, a prominent art studio located behind Adarsha Kanya School in Lalitpur, Nepal. With over a decade of experience, Sachin offers a wide range of contemporary art forms, including landscape art, fashion design, jewelry design, and architecture. What's unique about Sachin is that he never planned on becoming an art teacher. Initially, he pursued art as a hobby and joined a class at Kastamandap Art Studio, then he skilled in many different art forms. However, his natural talent and passion for art quickly led people to approach him for private lessons, and he's been teaching ever since. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, The Precious Arts is the perfect place to help you unleash your inner creativity and passion for art.


  1. In your experience, what are some of the social and emotional benefits that children gain from participating in art activities?

Children often find solace in the vibrant world of colors, which helps relieve their stress and anxiety. Through art, they can explore their creativity and develop focus. Even people with special needs can benefit from such classes, exchanging knowledge with others. Personally, I too have found art to be a form of therapy that brings joy and calm to my life. By delving into the world of art, we not only develop our skills but also connect with ourselves and those around us.


  1. How can art be used to promote cultural awareness and understanding in children?

Our art classes are not limited to a classroom; we take our students to various sites for live sketching. For instance, at Patan Durbar Square, we provide a brief history of the place, connecting the students with the culture and objects. We encourage them to sketch Machhindranath Jatra, an essential part of the festival celebrated in Nepal. As many students come from far away, we take this opportunity to educate them about the significance of these sites and many more. This approach not only enhances their art skills but also develops their cultural knowledge and awareness.


  1. How can art classes encourage children to develop a sense of identity and self-expression?

At our art classes, we go beyond teaching and nurturing our students' creativity; we also provide them with a platform to showcase their talent. Our art exhibitions not only promote their skills but also provide a valuable opportunity for them to sell their pieces. The involvement of famous personalities, such as our previous Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, and skillful artists adds to the motivation of our students. Art is a medium for self-expression, and our students pour their hearts and souls into their pieces, which reflect their daily life experiences. Through these exhibitions, our students not only enhance their self-identity but also develop a sense of pride in their art.


  1. How can art classes be tailored to meet the individual needs and interests of each child?

In our art classes, we begin with the basics of art, such as lining and shading. However, we understand that every student has their own preferences and passions, and we encourage them to explore their creativity freely. By allowing our students to pursue their interests, we give them the opportunity to develop a strong desire and need for a specific art form, with guidance in the path they choose which ultimately leads to better artistic work.

  1. How do you approach teaching art to children with varying skill levels and abilities?

I've studied and tried out a variety of artistic mediums as an art educator in order to teach my pupils without any obstacles. Communication and observation are essential in understanding their needs and training them accordingly. Each student has a different learning style, and we urge them not to give up on their artistic journey. I recall a tale of a brother who never did art but wanted to join us but couldn't due to the COVID lockdown. After two years, he went back to the class expecting to feel out of place, but when he saw the teacher was so young, he was perplexed. He struggled at first, even having a breakdown, but I pushed him to trust the process and never to give up. He eventually succeeded in his objective of sketching a picture and giving it to a special someone. This example demonstrates the value of persistence and faith in the educational process.


  1. How can parents and teachers work together to ensure that children have access to quality art education and extracurricular opportunities?

During our discussion with parents, we highlighted the benefits of art classes, including improved patience, discipline, and organization skills. Drawing inspiration from Japanese culture, we encourage students to develop a habit of keeping their workspace tidy. We believe that these skills are valuable for both parents and children, and we strive to create an environment where students can learn and grow in a positive way.

  1. What advice would you give to parents who are hesitant to enroll their child in art classes as an extracurricular activity?

As an art teacher, I humbly request parents to allow their children to explore their interests and passions. It is important not to demotivate them, but rather support them in pursuing their dreams within reasonable limits. Art is a skill that stays with a person for life and can lead to name, fame, and financial success. Even for those who do not understand the value of art, it can still provide a secure future with a platform for success. Art is present in every form, from fashion to nature, and is also a crucial aspect of higher studies such as medicine, engineering, interior design, and architecture. Thus, art can serve as a foundation for learning and pave the way for a fulfilling future.


  1. Finally, in your experience, what are some of the most rewarding aspects of teaching art to children and watching them grow and develop as artists?

As an art teacher, nothing brings me greater joy than when students fulfill their dreams and share their success with me. While money is not the driving force, their heartfelt words are invaluable. Witnessing my students' work being recognized and appreciated by others is deeply fulfilling. My ultimate aim is to provide a platform for every artist to showcase their skills and talents to create a positive impact in society. This goal motivates me to continue inspiring and nurturing the creativity of each of my students.