Throughout the school year and as a part of our research centre, we conduct plenty of workshops. Last year, in December, we organized multiple thematic workshops during the Varanasi Children's Art Festival.
Storytelling conducted by Gaurav Saini, a resident artist at Nirman. Gaurav conducted an interesting storytelling session for students of Classes 3, 4 and 5. The story session was arranged in an intimate, cozy corner. Children thoroughly enjoyed the story ‘Satya’s Boat’, read aloud to them and enacted with them in the session.
Arts Workshop conducted Snehlata Yadav, a well known artist of Banaras. She conducted two arts workshops. With class 6, she created an interesting Mandala using leaves, stones and sticks. With classes 7 and 8, she taught them Shadow painting using cartridge paper, oil pastel colors and their imagination. The children thoroughly enjoyed this process. The visitors to the festival were mesmerized by the final outcome.
Dance workshop by Aditi Vatsa, a dance facilitator from Delhi. Aditi conducted a Dance workshop with classes 6, 7 and 8. After some warm up exercises and energizers, she taught them two circular dances. The participants shared how they were able to shed their inhibitions and were at ease in expressing their emotions through body movements as a result of this workshop.
Three civic workshops were conducted by Professor Sanjay Srivastava, Faculty member from Department of Political Science, Banaras Hindu University. He was assisted by his students and research scholars from the department. The sessions were about Traffic lights (for classes Nursery, K.G., 1 and 2), about National Symbols and our freedom fighters (for classes 3, 4 and 5) and about Parliamentary elections (for classes 8,9 and 10). The sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by the students and enlarged their knowledge base.
A music workshop was conducted by Ankita Acharya, Social Studies teacher and Research Associate at Vidyashram – The Southpoint School, in which students of Classes 1 to 4 were taught how to make music using their bodies. The children learnt many new things about sounds and rhythm and had fun in the workshop.