The Saturday Art Class Exhibition was held to exhibit the work done by the children of our pilot class , Class 3B of Shankarwadi MPS in Jogeshwari (east). It was an exhibition that displayed the works of the children, it was hosted by the children and the proceeds collected through the sales of their artwork were for the children. We looked at it as an opportunity to teach the children the importance of ownership, hard work and teamwork, core values of saturday Art Class. The exhibition was a huge success and helped us to reach out to a number of people whose participation in our initiative helped us to take our cause further and reach out to as many children as we could.
To give the children a channel to express their emotions we designed a high-energy, interactive activity inspired by Jackson Pollock. This activity also taught them about Teamwork and about Sharing as the children collaborated together on the paintings.
Taking inspiration from a Japanese artist who moved to New York to pursue her passion for art, we created a module around her paintings called ‘infinity nets’. These ‘infinity nets’ involved painting one small pattern again and again to relax the mind by blocking it from the outside world. This is done by focusing all your energy in creating the patterns thereby turning the activity into a meditative process.
Using M. F. Husain’s paintings as a reference, we taught the children to respect all cultures and that “All Gods are one”. Taking inspiration from Lokmanya Tilak, we tried to bring out the spirit of teamwork, unity and community participation by making the children work on artworks together as a team.We used biodegradable materials, rice and paper, to carry out the activity to teach the children to also respect the environment and how they can be Eco-friendly.
To bolster the children's imagination and to encourage them to ideate, we developed this module based on a TED talk from Graham Shaw that explained how humans can do anything, they just need to believe it.
By using the virtue of patience the children had to create tricolour patterns on boards. We highlighted patience through this activity and the whole idea centred around them to be able obtain a beautiful pattern they had to wait for the paints to form layers which would allow the activity to then be facilitated.
At Saturday Art Class we wanted to introduce 'Abstraction' to the children as a way to bolster their imagination. Mondrian's 'De Stijl' movement was something that allowed the children to imagine different settings within the frame of straight lines and primary colours. We wanted them to reduce their thoughts and imaginations in to the most basic pattern imagery and get as creative as possible through that.
At the end of the academic year, Saturday Art Class held its annual exhibition, the “Saturday Art Class Exhibition 2.0” on the 15th of April, 2018 at Jamnabai Narsee School.
Over 1000 artworks created over the academic year of 2017-18 by the 1211 children under our wing were displayed at our exhibition. The footfall at the exhibition was over 1000 individuals including the children and their parents from all of our partner schools.
The aim of this module was to enhance the children’s recognition of colour and the different shades that can be obtained from it. They shaded personalities like Barack Obama, Mother Teresa, Kalpana Chawla, Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi where they also understood the contribution that they made to the society.
At Saturday Art Class we came up with our version of Pointillism where the children used earbuds to make dots and create an artwork. Patience was a key factor here as not giving up halfway was very important to attain the end result in the class.
The idea of the class was to make a Christmas tree out of paper plates and for the younger students, making Santa Claus using hand prints along with making snowflakes out of ice-cream sticks. The inspiration for this class stemmed out from informing the children about the festival Christmas, the birth of Lord Jesus on 25th December and also connecting it to Janmashtami as that’s another festival that marks the birth of a God, Lord Krishna.
The inspiration for this class came from Jamini Roy, an artist who fought against the British in India. He was a freedom fighter who fought using art as a medium to convey his message. We wanted the children to know how whilst he was in school, India was fighting for Independence and Jamini Roy decided to use patience instead of violence. The children used tribal shapes to make these paintings, to understand how Jamini Roy used Indian products as a way to rebel against the Britishers.