Plants and Animals are our Friendsby Gaurav Tiwari
Through our Let’s Start Art sessions we have noticed that personal encounters of students with plants and animals or our environment, in general, are usually associated with positive emotions and connotations.
The second set of Let's Start Art sessions was conducted on the theme "Plants and Animals are our friends"
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Cherished Memories and Summer Vacationsby Karishma Srivastava
We, as conventional readers, would find it impossible to read or write in a way that does not match the rules of a specific language. But young children start developing literacy skills right from the moment people start talking to them and playing with them. As a result, children start babbling before they speak, and scribbling- drawing before they write. Letting children express what they feel through drawing and writing in their own free way would allow them to form narratives and get them started with writing. In this month of Let's Start Art sessions, we added emergent literacy practices to make the class more engaging and help children gain confidence as well as interest in literacy education.
Water is Life: Mural at Government Primary School, Sonarpuraby Karishma Srivastava
Students at Government Primary School, Sonarpura completed their first mural on the walls of school corridor. Children worked on the theme "Water is Life" through interactive discussions with our art instructors regarding the uses, sources and conservation of water. The mural is crafted in the Warli folk art form which is a popular art form of Maharashtra, India.
Jungle, Jeevan, and Disaster Mangagementby Karishma SrivastavaThe concept of education in our country is limited to the mark sheets of the students. Children who take interest in drawing, singing or any othe...
Day of a Sincere Student: A Mural at a Government Primary Schoolby Karishma SrivastavaA wall mural is the annual activity conducted after Let's Start Art sessions are conducted in a school for a year. Students work with the art instructors in finalising the layout of the artwork weeks before they start working on the wall. Every aspect of the artwork is imagined and created by students, after the topic is brainstormed in the class and children are asked to draw their own layouts for the mural.
Students at Government Primary School, Durgakund completed their first mural in a classroom of their school, under the supervision of art instructors.
The Fair and Cleanlinessby Karishma Srivastava
Before children learn to read and write, they learn to draw. Those tiny little scribbles on the walls, slate, or paper, all of these move children towards learning the skill of writing. Drawing, in this sense, is a significant part of the process of acquiring literacy. Let's Start Art sessions at government primary schools are the space for children, where they have the opportunity to express emotionally significant experiences while connecting and relating to the content that they are learning at school.
My Home, My Family and the Environmentby Karishma Srivastava
Schools finally reopened in Uttar Pradesh after more than a year in September 2021. We also resumed Let's Start Art sessions in the Government Primary Schools of Varanasi, this time with 20 schools and approximately 710 students of the city. Since the students have experienced a learning loss due to the pandemic and lack of resources to attend online classes, we have integrated different topics from the textbooks of primary classes with the themes of our art sessions.
Colourful Logics of a Childby Karishma Srivastava
Can you interpret your child's drawing?
Child Art is a result of the observations, emotions, experiences and imagination of a child, which later helps her develop into a creative person. While our children put so much effort into their drawing, we have a habit of distinguishing them as good or bad without even trying to understand them.
Some drawings are just drawings, with obvious meaning. But sometimes you can discover deeper meanings out of your child's drawings, and figure out what she/he is feeling or trying to express.
Home Sweet Homeby Karishma Srivastava
While the concept of arts-integrated learning is still new in India, the students who have been attending Let's Start Art sessions have found their ways in relating the routine subjects with arts and learn better. The first set of art sessions in the month of January were conducted on the theme "If Trees could walk" taken from a poem in their Hindi textbook.
Happy New Year 2020by Karishma SrivastavaSome of us relate vacations with staying at home and resting whereas others travel to different places to explore. In the first set of Let's Start Art sessions, we asked the students to recall their last holiday trips and how they travelled there. The theme was intended to make the students aware of means of transportation.In the second set of Let's Start Art sessions, the students made New Year greeting cards for their loved ones. Some of them made cards for their teachers and art instructors too.
What makes you happy?by Karishma Srivastava
What makes you happy?
We asked the students this simple question based on an English rhyme from their syllabus book "A Happy Child" and got amusing answers in the form of drawings. Children told us that they are happiest about the tiny little things in their lives despite all the adversities that they face.
I added Love to my Color Paletteby Neelam Gupta
I also realized that when we fail, we tend to give up immediately. However, that shouldn't be the approach. I have often noticed that many children who, initially, get disheartened in the first few drawings, draw enthusiastically and, often, beautifully when they persist.
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