There are various youth who are graduates from a pool of educational levels who due to their poor performances in the junior, senior and tertiary institutions are staying at home aimlessly. These youngsters receive the displeasure of parents, friends and other family members because of their ill performances in their examinations. Most of them are rejected in the society, mocked at and even insulted. Some parents even decide not to fend for these youngsters because they are beefed that they have thrown their financial resources in the drain. Should these youths be allowed to waste away in the community? Certainly not! These young ones can be taken through visual art education which is the best education sector for teaching practical skills in art of which they can set up their enterprises on their own.
Art education offers array of training in various fields such as Sculpting, Picture making, Graphic designing, Textile designing, Fashion designing and production, Ceramic production, Pottery production, Basketry and Cane fabrication, Leatherwork productions and a lot more. Training in these facets of art education will pave a way for skill and even talent development of these rejected youth largely as a result of poor academic performances. These learners are taken through various drawing lessons that serve as a foundation for specialization into various aspects of visual art education.
Educational trips and industrial attachments in existing art industries and small-scale enterprises by some successful learners which is part of the art curriculum help learners to experience how they can work with their acquired skills in the job market and practical ways of establishing or setting up enterprise even cottage ones in their own apartments. This great exposure is a source of inspiration for these learners.
One wonderful hallmark of visual art education is its less theoretical component and great emphasis to practical lessons. This caters for the theory-academically dull students who are however serious and hardworking. These students through numerous encouragements are able to pave their own creative paths in various parts of visual art education.
Learners are also required to hold end of term exhibitions where they display their artistic productions in classrooms for the entire student body, parents, friends and visitors to view, appreciate, criticize and even buy some of their products. No wonder majority of them are able to have a pool of customers interested in their line of creativity even before completing the programme. Managers of artistic firms even lease with teachers and hand pick excellent students for employment after their education.
Indeed, visual art education offers great opportunities of which the rejected youth in the community can tap for their skill development and future job survival. Parents who are saddened with the weak performances of their wards in other subject areas and as a result are giving up on them must enroll them in visual art education to help them gain practical, workable skills. The government and other private organizations must provide needed funding and resources to the art departments and institutions in the country for practical demonstrations and exercises. This will in a long way assist serious but needy students to equally partake in the practical lessons that usually demand the purchase of tools and materials.