It is said that for theatre to work and to convey a story to its audience, the first thing you need is the wilful suspension of disbelief. Everyone watching knows that the story unfolding in front of their eyes isn’t real. Everybody knows that they are in a large hall somewhere and the stage is filled with “actors”. Yet, once the play begins, as an audience you suspend your disbelief. You buy in to the story and the setting, and if it is skilfully told you are transported completely into another world. 
My USP to generate interest in art stems from a simple understanding that art is within you as good as it is around you. I have adopted the method of making the student understand, respect and experience the values and ethics of the process of art and culminating this whole process into a product. The best method to start art with any young budding minds is sand art or a collage using wastes around you. I have personally seen a tremendous positive impact on the young minds in being interested in art through this activity.
I write this article asking a few questions and giving some possible answers.
Why do I teach art?
I teach art because light, colour, form, texture, lines and strokes have such an enduring impact on me that I want to share my joy and experiences with the children.
Why should a child do art?
World over education policies almost always recognise the value of co-scholastic areas, such as arts and sports, in providing quality education to students. But what constitutes good education and a quality learning environment? One view focuses on the marks achieved in the core subjects and other immediately measurable outcomes. The other view is the ‘ability’ of the school to create a good educational experience.
Notes on the Sky Self
If we move beyond the limited worlds of assessment, employment and success, we will be ready to create art programmes that revolutionise the identity of each child.
Art to a layman means the picture he sees in the magazine or poster or canvas. That is not true. That is only the image, Art is much more.
What is Art ?
It is a holistic visual experience involving a multi – sensory dimension. If for understanding we break it up into the various senses involved then we are talking of:
a) the visual experience via the eyes

Art instructors are used to the question, sometimes benign, sometimes inquisitive, sometimes disparaging, sometimes hostile, from myriad sources including parents, teachers, administrators, and certainly students, “What is the point of learning art?” This question of course rides on the shoulder of many other unstated underlying questions such as “Is not art a luxury or a middle class pursuit?” “Can we not leave art to those genuinely interested or talented in art?” “How is art practically useful?” “Is not art redundant in the age of digitalized production and

Beena D B works as a Resource Person at the School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. In this interview, she shares her experiences and insights on a life in science.
Tell us about your current role


Try giving a child a broken biscuit. Even if she accepts it, there will be some amount of displeasure about its deformity. I face this everyday with chalk-pieces, sheets of paper, paint-boxes, brushes and even old newspapers.

‘Teacher…This box doesn’t have all the colours!’

‘Teacher… This paper is torn in the corner.’

Art is a powerful medium to teach students about the importance of nature as it stimulates them to think and feel. This article explores a few simple art based activities that can be used to sensitize children to their local ecology and environment.


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