Student Corner

Integrating art into the classroom

Art is the basic expression of the human mind and the creative reflection of the world we live in. Today we have realised that art has to be incorporated to make the learning process more interesting. Arts being integrated into the curriculum will prove beneficial for both the child as well as teachers in long run. As this century demands more of experiential learning than traditional learning as it makes children enjoy their subjects. Though we cannot move away from the fact that traditional learning is still the backbone of our educational system. Teachers are incorporating arts into the curriculum; they are increasingly integrating arts into the core subject areas. Art has the power to engage children in experiential learning so that children can learn more through the experience of their activity.

It should be promoted as stand-alone subjects as well as a cross curricular subject in all schools.

There are a couple of programmes which are designed to help arts integrate well into the classroom.

The Children Programmes plays a pivotal role as this is majorly designed to involve and inspire children. We need to start by encouraging children to participate and get involved in speaking like elocutions, extempore, debates. Even vocabulary can play a great role as having great word power works like an asset during delivering a speech or even during writing a script or content.

We must indulge children into art work like preparing collage on the topic they have studied. The artwork could illustrate anything related to their subjects. Through this artwork, it would help them explore their areas of interest and even help them understand their subject.

Encourage children to participate in drama. Asking them to involve in role playing as through this they would be able to understand a story character or event.

Involving children in activities like brochure, posture or advertisement making which help them with graphic skills and creative thinking.

Lastly, we must introduce children to artistic works that match their curriculum. Mythology and ancient stories throughout the century have inspired sculptures.

Teachers must be aware of various cultures across the globe including our nation. They must explore and be able to inculcate this amongst children. Art is an integral part so it cannot be skipped. Art must be appreciated by all.  Teachers should even come up with ideas, thoughts to improve art skills, so that children are able to understand the value and have a constant view of improving their art skills. As we move towards the century where arts will play a major role, let’s incorporate art into the teaching methodology.

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I loved this book, The Blue Umbrella. I had an instant connect. I personally believe there are very few authors who can paint such a beautifully charming picture of nature the way  Ruskin Bond does. The quaint hamlets, the calmness and serenity of such places enthralled me as a child. I absolutely loved his writings and our ISA Project, ‘The World of Ruskin Bond’ is an effort to let the readers enjoy the same.

Ananya Madan

Class – V D

The ISA Project on The World of Ruskin Bond conducted across three standards – III, IV and V has made Ruskin Bond a household name. Children have the names of his books on their fingertips and they really want to immerse themselves into Bond’s unspoilt world of deep green valleys, clear mountain air and the amazing flora and fauna.

Pratyush   (V – F)

What an experience it has been to present ‘The Trees’, a poem by Ruskin Bond in a Choral Recitation, an activity under the ISA project enjoyed thoroughly by the children. It was a sheer pleasure indeed to discover, read and enjoy the treasure trove of his poems. Truly an enriching experience…….

                 Kartikey Prasad (Class – V A)

THE WORLD OF RUSKIN BOND

In class V, we did a few activities on the project, “The World of Ruskin Bond” which were organized by the British Council. I enjoyed the activities thoroughly and learnt a lot too. The activities included:

Reading a book for half an hour at school

Designing a Book Jacket of any one of Ruskin Bond books

A Comparative Study of the Himalayan Region and the British Countryside.

I clearly remember, it was Friday, the first period and every child in my class was reading something or the other. It was drizzling outside and a lovely smell of heavy rain filled the air. It was the first time (as far as I can remember) that all the children in my class were sitting quietly (everyone does that only during an exam).

I also liked the experience of doing a Comparative Study between the British country side and the Himalayan region.

I loved designing the book-jacket. It was the best of all. An exciting twist to this activity
of mine was that the day-before this activity, when you’re to prepare and get the
materials ready, I did none of that. I went to school and when my friends reminded me
of this activity, I felt a pang of guilt in my heart. Oh good God! Why didn’t I remember! Why didn’t I remember to see the bulletin board in my study room the previous evening?

Anyhow, my class teacher managed to arrange an A4 size sheet for me and I started off with my book-jacket and as luck would have it, ma’am liked my book jacket and
selected it to be put up on the corridor boards!

AWESOME!

I have read so many books written by Ruskin Bond that I can now visualize his world.
His world of animals and pets, trees and wild flowers, adventure and thrill, nature and
ghosts, wild animals and discovery all that behold my imagination.

Every word Ruskin Bond writes is carved with passion and love for writing and is moist
with mountain rain. His passion and writing will continue to inspire and motivate people and other writers for generations.

Ishita Mishra

Class  – V K