"Did you notice, I'm in class 3rd now, and that means I'll get to attend the art classes", said Golu from Government Primary School, Nagwa, when we started the art sessions in the academic year 2018-19. He is now promoted to class 4th and is always excited about the Let's Start Art sessions.
The new session started with the first week of April, so did our art sessions. In the first set of workshops, we asked the students to draw what they know about their city- Varanasi.
Gosto Bagchi, a student of class 3, from Govt Primary School, Sonarpura, attended his first ever art class this month with our Let's Start Art instructor Ajay Prakash.
As it is believed that Varanasi is the favorite city of Lord Shiva, Gosto made an adorable drawing of Shiva and Parvati, sitting in a temple with all the tiny details.
Anshu Bharti, a student of class 4th, studies at Govt. Primary School, Nagwa. This school is located very near to Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi) and when we asked to draw about the city, Anshu made a drawing of the university gate. For most of these students, the city is limited to the area they live in, mostly because they have never had the chance to explore a new place.
The second set of workshops were conducted under the theme of the Summer season. The students told us their experiences of the season, some loved it while others said they liked winters better. Alfiya, a student of class-3, at Govt Primary School, Bhadaini, is excited about the summers and finds ice-candy to be the best part of the season.
Ranjan Kumar, from Govt. Primary School, Sonarpura has made a vivid description of things to do this season. Everything that we love about summers is there in his drawing.
Jai is a special child who studies at Govt Primary School, Nayi Sadak, Varanasi. He faces difficulty in reading and writing the letters, and in the early sessions of Let's Start Art, he also found it tough to draw figures.
It has almost been a year since we've been conducting art sessions at his school, and his drawing has improved with time. We can now get an idea of what he's trying to draw and we're hopeful that he will improve in his academics too. Art has inculcated better observation in Jai's mind.
The art sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Bhadaini, Nagwa, and Orderly Bazaar were conducted by Neelam Gupta (Student Artist) and Anjali Singh (Student Artist). The sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Sonarpura, Naria, Nayi Sarak, and Sunderpur were conducted by Ajay Prakash (Student Artist).