Part of the summer activities at Khirki, the Art Workshop was facilitated for over a month, from mid-May to mid June 2010, where young children, mostly in the age group of 8-13, got a free hand at expressing their creativity and imagination by drawing anything they wished and having riotous fun with colors. They gathered everyday, for about three hours during late afternoons or evenings, initially at the KHOJ Studios, and later at the Khirki Village Park, as more and more children, as young as three-four year olds wanted to join in the fun. With freedom, discovery and imagination as keystones of this project, the workshop attempted to NOT teach the regular ‘how-to-do’s’ – how to draw, how to colour- but rather just simply ‘how-to-be’. How to be free in our thoughts and ideas, explore subjects of our heart’s desire, discover, imagine and engage in pure joy and fun without being coerced by restrictive notions of winning, better performance, competition or fear of failure.
It aimed at reinforcing:
• the notion of freedom – free to make art/ draw whatever one desired or fancied, to utilize this freedom to choose subjects as one wished
• flights of imagination – to colour ‘outside-the-lines’ and dwell comfortably and thrive ‘outside-the-box’
• the joy of discovery - seeing new details/ meaning in immediate surroundings, seemingly familiar spaces and places in the neighbourhood Humour, laughter in generous doses and having fun all along while being creative was integral to the project to which the young children responded spontaneously and made the project a memorable one for all.