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.
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.
Interview of Ajay Prakash: Endeavours of a small town artistby Sana Sabah
Ajay Prakash is an artist from Varanasi. After completing his MFA he wants to become a teacher with an aim to guide students who have a knack for art. Currently, he is living his dream as an art instructor for children through Shuruart's Let's Start Art initiative. In this interview, Ajay talks about the challenges an artist from a place like Banaras has to undergo.