Art, they say, is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. The human brain, in my opinion, models things in two ways: Rules and Arts. While the former is laid down to set the boundaries to human behaviors and actions, the latter has no boundaries; and in most fields of work, once you know the rules of the game, what matters is how you creatively make use of the available resources to move ahead.
Bhumi’s Artoons programme nurtures creativity in children and I recently got an opportunity to organise a workshop series. I thought the children were too young to create anything, but they proved me wrong!
We could find children with varying interests and potential – those who wanted to follow instructions to the T, those who were competitive, those who used the best of materials available to them, those were looking around for ideas and those who spent time in thinking and creating the best with what was given. No matter what, they were all completely immersed in their work! Ah, I was just lucky to be present there to witness each one of them!
“Being with, teaching and learning from children is a totally different experience. Every class helps children to understand their minds, their creativity, and improves their thinking capacity. Most importantly, these classes teach them to collaborate with their peers, share materials and builds their confidence.” – Apeksha, Volunteer
Nakshatra is our annual inter-children’s home talent festival and thousands of children have been benefitting since its inception in 2009. However, the event is limited to only a few participants, given logical constraints; and most often, the centre authorities send only the recognised talents to compete. However, with this workshop, every child is given an opportunity to experiment, have fun, and in the process, help us identify hidden talent.
“Every child is loaded with creative thoughts, and distributing materials triggered some of these – they had questions on what they were doing to do, and why they were being given these materials. When they got down to paint diyas, it was surprising to see how children as young as 5 and 6 years were suggesting colour combinations!” – Hanika Arora, Volunteer
As they say “If you want to travel fast, go alone. If you want to travel far, go together.” This would not have been possible without the immense support and feedback from our fellow volunteers at Bhumi.
I am looking forward to the next workshop!
Contributor: Harshit N Srivatsa, Volunteer (Bengaluru)
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.