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.
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.
Most of the things that we vividly remember from our school education either had a picture related to the text in the book, or the words painted a pretty picture in our minds. There are countless studies that have confirmed the power of visual imagery in learning. For instance, one study asked students to remember many groups of three words each, such as dog, bike, and street. Students who tried to remember the words by repeating them over and over again did poorly on recall. In comparison, students who made the effort to make visual associations with the three words, such as imagining a dog riding a bike down the street, had significantly better recall.