In conventional schools all over the world, academic subjects take precedence over artistic pursuits with regard to space and budget. The arts are just not considered important in life. But, Agastya believes in balance, and understands that children must be fully engaged to become excited about learning. Not every child learns in the same way. Some are aural learners, some tactile, and others visual. Art instruction teaches children to actively observe the world around them. In order to draw or sculpt a bullock, one must first pay attention to the shape of its back, the curve of its horns, and the difference between the joints of the front legs and ones in the back. Often, by getting it wrong the first time, the child realizes a mistake has been made and that closer examination is called for. This is how skills in observation are honed – skills critical to artists and to scientists.
Integrated learning allows children to be children, absorbing an understanding of the world through their innate curiosity, without the constraints imposed by centuries of didactic approaches in the classroom. Agastya employs methods that nurture creativity and encourage looking beyond things as they are, to how they could be improved upon through innovation and invention. The intellectual and physical development of children, as well as their grasp of the analytical, are all important; equally so is the inventive spirit, and their capacity for imaginative thinking.