Symbolism stands for a form, image or subject representing a meaning other than the one with which it is usually associated through a basic visual language. Symbolism in art is a visual compendium of symbolist motifs that depict divine values and transfiguration away and beyond the mundane world.
In the west, symbolism art is related to the Gothic component of romanticism with the motive to take a contemplative refuge from the world of strife and earthly will. Therefore, most symbolists often had used characteristic themes of mysticism and other worldliness in their paintings.
In schools, these days, the emphasis is on commercial art and poster making rather than the art forms that make the imagination of students soar. However, there is a need for reviving the art of symbolist painting to develop the expressionism and surrealism in school level artwork. Such an effort will also establish cultural linkage of art curriculum in schools.