Shiva, a student of class-4th from Government Primary School, Bhadaini, is a differently abled child and has an excellent imagination and drawing skills. Though he cannot speak or listen to us, he is always the first one to finish his drawing after our instructor Neelam Gupta explains the theme to him.
In this session, he didn't just draw, he also tried and explained his drawing. He told us that he has a dog and a bird at his home. The dog has recently given birth, so the puppy also lives with him. And Shiva made a drawing of them when we asked the students to draw about street dogs.
"On my way to school, there is a big house near the park, and a dog always sits there near the gate of this house. Whenever I walk by the house, this dog starts barking and following me. I usually like dogs, but this one scares me." said Simran, a student of class 4th at Govt. Primary School, Sunderpur (2), explaining her drawing. She also added that when she thinks of a dog, this one comes first to her mind.
When students draw their own experience, it improves their cognitive abilities and reflects their thought process about their experience.
The sessions were conducted in 10 schools and around 261 students attended these workshops. The art sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Bhadaini, Nagwa, Shivpur, and Orderly Bazaar were conducted by Neelam Gupta (Student Artist) and the sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Sonarpura, Naria, Nayi Sarak, and Sunderpur were conducted by Ajay Prakash (Student Artist).