New documentary film shows how art can help children's well-being

Rong Rean Nai Phu Khao. (Photos courtesy of Inner Art to Aesthetics for Early Childhood Worker)

Rong Rean Nai Phu Khao (School On The Mountain) is a new documentary that shows how art can improve the well-being of children.

Directed by Jansamon Thongra-ar, the film was recently screened at the Thai Health Promotion Foundation. It tells the story of a school in Chiang Mai's Doi Luang Chiang Dao where teachers and students learn to make art together throughout the year.

"Art isn't just about a painting or artistic creation, but part of our everyday life. The school is an example of curricula designed to explore children's inner world," said Anupan Pluckpankhajee, the principal and art therapist.

Inspired by the transitional artistic school, Rong Rean Nai Phu Khao was made to address the issue of temporary dropouts due to mental health, family and classroom issues. Art can provide a safe and creative space for children on the cusp of young adulthood.

Paintings on display. 

The curriculum includes floral arrangements, watercolour painting, drawing, sculpture, singing, dancing and cooking. It was created in consultation with Asst Prof Charinee Triwaranyu, lecturer at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Education.

Nattaya Boonpakdee, director of the Healthy Child, Youth And Family Promotion Section, said the documentary is part of the Inner Art To Aesthetics For Early Childhood Worker. The project aims to improve the well-being of children and prevent dropouts.

"Art is about trial and error. It opens up possibilities for children, teachers and parents to explore their own natural beauty to survive in the fast-changing world," she said.


Floral arrangement. 

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