How would you expect a child to “think outside the box” when they are asked to colour inside it? In early childhood, art is a language children speak naturally. A piece of artwork will not look like another child’s art or even look like you think it should. Every squiggle tells a story and your...
As a school going girl and a college student I found myself intrigued and thirsting for more on subjects I liked. Having had the good fortune to choose what I wanted to study without having my parents choose it for me I couldn’t blame anyone if I had to put up with a class or two. Not to sound clichéd but I can’t describe it as anything else but the experience of a lifetime, what with Macbeth coming to life in the classroom, to getting the opportunity to host an All India Radio show, writing and shooting a documentary and organizing a literature festival with an English tea party theme where I got to dress like an Englishwoman in the 18th or 19th Century.
While I am a very crafty mum, art hasn’t been a big deal in my house because I’m a stickler for a clean home. On the rare occasion that we would dabble with paints, it would be on a rubber sheet so that the mess would be strictly contained to one obscure corner of the house. The constant worry of paint, crayons marks on the walls was enough to give me ulcers and a compelling enough reason to make me lock away the paints!
Bath time was a different story. We dabbled with colours in the bath and painted the walls with washable colours. Waterplay was more than welcome because clean up was easy peasy.