Aesthetics in Don Bosco’s Educational System (1876-1884)

· Rik Biesmans, volume 10

by Rik Biesmans, SDB




  • Continuity in the Care for the Appropriate Celebration of Feast Days
  • A Large Number of Feast Days
  • The Strong Religious Character of the Preparation and Celebration of Such Feast Days
  • Highlighting the Religious Aspect
  • Maximum Sacramental Participation
  • Liturgical Celebrations
  • Secular Aspects of Feast Days
  • Feast Day Meals
  • Sports, Games and Outings
  • Theatrical Performances
  • Music and Singing
  • The Aesthetic Element in Education: The Meaning of Aesthetic Formation in the Mind of Don Bosco
  • The 'Teatrino' Should Offer Young People Entertainment and Amusement
  • The 'Teatrino' Should Also Educate
  • The Contents Should Be Adapted to the Boys' Age and Understanding and Must Also Be Both Morally Correct and Constructive
  • Aesthetic and General Formation
  • Aesthetic Qualities Are Unquestionably Present
  • An Aesthetical Education for the Many, Not for the Élite
  • Theoretical Practices (Substructure) Which Support the Use of Recitation, Theater and Music in the Formation of Young Educators
  • Concerning Theater and Recitals
  • Singing and Instrumental Music
  • Conclusion