Yesterday, i had this idea of making it a community bonding idea. Maybe I have been inspired by Sophia's song
"Roll over the ocean, Roll over the sea
Go and do your part to build community"
So this is a wish and an experiment, where I will be bringing down, every Monday evening, some simple art materials for the children in the playground and (interested) adults to work on a spot of art. So welcome to...
Since we did crayon rubbings at home over the last weekend, and the children were interested, I took downstairs a stack of paper and a box of crayons. there were a few children in the playground who we usually play with and they joined us to scavenge for stuff to rub. We found some leaves, some branches, some twigs, and a few snails in the bushes (though we didnt collect those).
Working on the rough surface of the playground is very different from doing crayon rubbings at home in the smooth tile floor, as the kids soon realized. The smaller leaves didnt really rub well, and the texture of the rough floor came up more clearly. Here are some of the early attempts
Since the paper I had brought was the kind that could be cut to customized length - not sure what it is called, but it opens interesting avenues for art - I laid it out for a bit of collaborative art.
Five boys who were playing in the playground took one look at what the girls were drawing and screamed "Movie!" and wanted to do their own
It makes a big difference to children when you give them old materials in a new environment. If I had given the girls the crayons at home, they probably wouldnt have been inspired to draw on more than a single sheet. However, moving them to the playground, lots of art and inspirations and new areas of play were explored.
I wont be able to do this next week because of Anjali's surgery. But I hope to do these art explorations in the playground on a regular basis every Monday starting from the week after.