Festivals and holidays approached as soon as the month of October started. We conducted Let's Start Art workshops after Dussehra and asked the students to draw their experience of the holidays. We also asked then to read a chapter named "The Fair" from their English book and try to relate it with the Fair they visited.
"In the middle, there is Surpanakha, the sister of Raavan, whose nose is cut off by Lakshman. And Durga Maa and Kali Ji are dancing in the side. People are buying toys and ice cream from the fair and everyone is enjoying the festival," said Anshika, a student of class-3rd at Govt Primary School, Bhadaini, while she explained her drawing to Neelam Gupta.
"I went to see the Durga Puja, and I've made drawing of the same," told Amit, when the instructor asked him about how his Dussehra holiday experience.
Amit is a student of class- 3 at Govt Primary School, Nayi Sadak.
Janhvi has portrayed the festivities of the season in her drawing. She is a student in Accelerated Residential Camp for special students at Shivpur. Janhvi is a special child, she cannot speak or listen but has learned to convey her message using signs.
There are around 50 students in the camp with the same disability, and we are trying to introduce them to the idea of expressing through art. Since art is a new experience for these students, they enjoy the Let's Start Art sessions with enthusiasm and proudly show their artwork to the teachers as an achievement.
"I went to the fair with my mother, saw a huge Raavan, bought balloons, and jumped on a trampoline. There were people roaming around, buying things from the vendors, some of them were riding the Giant wheel. It was a great evening", said Krishna, a student of class 3rd at Govt Primary School, Sunderpur (2).
"When you change these photos next month, I'll take one of it and show it to my grandparents at the village", said Ganga happily while pinning the pictures on the newly installed display board in her school.
We installed the first display board for Let's Start Art at Govt Primary School, Bhadaini. The students were extremely delighted and proud to see their pictures on the board. They have already planned to make a border for the board and fully decorate it with their own drawings.
The art sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Bhadaini, Kabirnagar, Shivpur, Durgakund(1) and Khojwan were conducted by Neelam Gupta(Student Artist). The sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Sonarpura, Naria, Orderly Bazaar, Nayi Sadak and Sunderpur(2) were conducted by Kavita Kumari (Student Artist). The sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Nagwa, Shivpur, Lolark Kund, Dashashwamedh, Durgakund(2) and Sunderpur(1) were conducted by Ajay Prakash and Anjali Singh (Student Artists). The crayons were provided by Kokuyo Camlin for all the workshops.