RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT BUZZ
In the past few months we have all faced various forms of quarantine. Thus Sunaparanta- Goa Centre for the Arts (SGCFA) began various online projects such as ‘Surviving SQ’ (an initiative inviting artists to share coping strategies on coping and surviving isolation); and ‘ListenIN’ (a talk show series that uses the virtual space as a tool for social investigation and invites various creative practitioners to discuss issues related to contemporary society). And now, they are all set to launch ‘Creative Cloud: Connecting Art to Life’, a virtual pedagogical programme that invites children to directly access artistic studios and to discover the various processes involved in art and theatre making.
“Our art and theatre programme is directed at nourishing the imagination of young minds. It places children (from five years to 18 years) at the forefront where they become the protagonists of learning and thinking in open-based processes of art and theatre making,” says curator and programme director, Leandre D’Souza.
She adds that their classes are designed to activate the unlimited potential and resource of the human imagination through live, interactive and animated sessions facilitated by experienced faculty from the industry.
Under Creative Cloud, a number of visual art and theatre classes which have always been there at Sunaparanta will now begin online by the first or second week of July.
“At Sunaparanta, we believe that culture influences how we look at and understand things around us. Our Foundation has been dedicated to inculcating this principle of art’s function to shape us, form our values, and encourage new ways to approach and live in this world,” says D’Souza. “By stimulating children creatively, we encourage them to reflect upon the spaces they inhabit, the relations they nurture and to think about the values that stir them and their futures.”
(These online classes will be conducted via Zoom. Details: 0832-2421311/ email@example.com)
Online classes curriculum
Six elements of theatre: plot, character, thought, diction, music and spectacle
Improvised theatre exercises
Short stories and scripts through multi screens
Warm-ups and cool-downs for complete relaxation of mind and body
Doodling; hand puppetry; craft with nature; miniature painting
Understanding contemporary art; elements of art; zentangle patterns; book mark; trick with photography
STEAM Art Projects: Art and science; developing character and narrative for comic book; optical illusion art; explore mix media
Artist facilitators speak
In this time of social distancing, my theatre partner Keya and I are quite excited to take theatre education and theatre tools to our young adults through the virtual media. We believe the digital world gives us a novel way of approaching theatre in many new and fun ways to stay connected in our most intimate spaces which are actually our dwellings. As most of us will agree, social distancing has in more than one way made us more connected to our immediate space. This has been a space that we stepped out of to discover other spaces. However, in the present scenario, participants can now learn a different facet of theatre – exploring and including their own environments in their learnings and creativity. For this, we aim to bring exciting stories, reading of scripts, and actually do short plays and improvisations through multi screens. We imagine the young participants making use of their familiar spaces and objects to transform them into stories and including them in their scripts.”
Art originates from imaginative thinking. The power of observation and imagination is what I would like to develop in my students through activities intersecting with nature and the spaces that we have come to occupy most intimately during this time of confinement. It is important for us artists to take the young minds on memorable journeys in which imagination and creativity plays a very vital role.”
COVID-19 has brought about a major change in the world of education. Schools and other knowledge imparting institutions have devised new ways of communication. At Sunaparanta, I have been teaching animation to children aged between six to 15 years. Going by the new trends and challenges, it is important to find an engaging and interactive way to communicate and teach the students online. Although I personally enjoy teaching one on one, I have to make sure the same can be achieved in the virtual world too. I plan to make the online animation classes fun, interactive and live in order to bridge the gap between virtual and real by making the sessions more engaging.”
In this pandemic situation children cannot go out of the house so we are forced to take online classes. Our main aim is to make them stress free. Schools are also conducting online classes so there is a lot of pressure on them and it is not easy. My niece too has online classes, so I have seen what problems the teacher and students have to face. It is not easy for both. So we will be giving them exercises, to bring out their creative and imaginary side.
The adaption will take time but I have got the hang of the online medium as mock classes were conducted for the artists by the administration. It will be a challenge for me to simplify things to teach children, from drawing a line to creating forms and objects. In online classes since we are not going to be in person, we have to look for innovative methods to make learning art and craft fun for the child.
-Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal
Since teaching and creativity has to go on so we have to adapt to new technologies and the new ways of learning. And though there are limitations with teaching online, we are trying our best. Not only for students but for teachers as well it is a learning process. We have to find new ways to connect with children online and we are coming out with solutions slowly.
I like to get my personal practice into the teaching space as much of it originates from my surroundings. Through introduction of various art elements and art techniques, my art projects are to encourage students to take ownership of their works. It is critical for the young minds to practice the skill of observation and at the same time create from their imagination.”