藝術童年 頭好壯壯

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2015 / 4月

文‧張瓊方



一生好景君須記,最是童年歡笑時…

天真無邪的童顏、無憂無慮的童年,無比珍貴,然而操縱兒童歡樂列車的駕駛是大人,手握方向盤的大人說,要讓孩子快樂學習;又說,不能讓孩子輸在起跑點上。童年如何盡情歡樂,又能從中有所收穫?藝術的培養與學習,是兩全其美之路。

沒有國界的兒童繪本,在網路發達、出版業蕭條的時代,一枝獨秀,成為兒童文學大宗。而最具本土原創空間的橋梁書也隨後興起,引領孩子從看圖聽故事,慢慢適應獨立閱讀,在多元又有趣味的圖文故事中,為將來進入浩瀚的文字殿堂預作準備。

對女孩來說,穿上蓬蓬裙、跳芭蕾舞,是童年最美的夢想,即便日後未必走上專業舞蹈之路,兒時這一段手舞足蹈的快樂經驗,也會成為深刻的記憶,不時在腦海中翩翩起舞。

合唱也是孩子可以展露天分、學習團隊精神的夢想舞台。那天籟般的童聲合唱,與童年一樣,美好卻短暫。從1957年成立的榮星合唱團,到今天規模最大的晶晶合唱團,台灣的童聲合唱經過近一甲子的錘鍊,已逐漸在國際嶄露頭角。

戲劇,同樣是兒童的快樂天堂,無論是觀賞或參與演出,孩子都能在其中獲得樂趣和啟發。伊甸基金會與學校合作,針對新移民二代孩童開辦戲劇培力課程,要藉戲劇,助新台灣之子一臂之力。

書法,不是坊間熱門的才藝學習選項,在電腦、3C科技的學習時代,很多人連寫字的機會都很少,何況是拿毛筆寫字!不過,仍有一群孩子願意靜下心來,磨墨寫1、2小時的毛筆字。

教授書法的老師們發現,學習書法好處處多多,不但可以讓孩子練習正確寫字,還可以養成孩子專心、安靜、自我管理等良好習慣;此外,透過書法,孩子們對文化、歷史也有更多更深的認識。

唱歌、跳舞、演戲、閱讀、寫字,多姿多彩的藝術童年,是美好人生的開始。

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What the Arts Bring to Childhood

Chang Chiung-fang /tr. by David Mayer


The innocent faces of children, and those worry-free early years, are precious beyond calculation. But the people who drive the “joy train” are all adults, and they often say, “We need kids to learn something, as well as having fun,” or “We can’t let kids fall behind others right out of the starting blocks.” So how is a kid to play to his heart’s content while also getting something out of the experience? It would seem that the arts cover all the bases.

Children’s picture books know no international borders, and have become a mainstay of children’s literature. Following in their wake, chapter books have also risen to prominence, easing young children into the world of the printed word via a combination of illustrations and text.

For many young girls, the thought of donning a tutu and dancing ballet is about the most beautiful dream imaginable. And while it may not turn into a career, the experience of having danced for a time in one’s youth nevertheless leaves a deep impression that a girl will recall for the rest of her life.

Choral singing is another area where children can display their talents and learn to act as part of a team. The pure sounds of young voices are as fleetingly beautiful as childhood itself.

Children can also have fun and learn a lot through participation in theater, whether as an audience member or a performer. Eden Social Welfare Foundation works with schools to offer instruction in theater to the offspring of immigrant parents. The idea is to use theater to give such kids a boost.

Calligraphy is not exactly all the rage, but even in this age of computers and mobile devices, there are still children out there who are willing to buckle down for an hour or two of quiet practice with brush and ink.

Kids who practice calligraphy learn how to write Chinese characters properly, but beyond that they hone their powers of concentration, learn to slow down and quieten down, and develop self-discipline.

Singing, dancing, acting, reading, writing... all these artistic childhood pursuits are good ways to launch upon the path of life.

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