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.
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.
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.
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.
I teach them drawing, they teach me LIFE!by Ajay PrakashIn this process of giving drawing lessons to children, I have learned important life lessons from them. Most importantly I have learned how to smile despite all the challenges in life. In countless small interactions, lessons they have taught me are going to inspire me to keep my head high and move forward even in adverse situations.