Trekking, PE and Art
“Hurry up, form a double line. Let’s go.” All the P1 students, or six to eight year olds, bolted out of their classroom and made pairs with their best friends. Their excitement was unparalleled. They were going for a trek around the alluring resort behind DLRC; not something every class was authorized to do. Two kids were glued to one of the volunteers on the walk, adamant on holding his hands and walking alongside him. Initially, this was all fun and no work, but as the students delved deeper between the gnarled trees and treaded through the leafy ground, they discovered nature’s hidden traits.
They learnt about the various flora and its’ importance to the farmers and locals. Their thirst to gain information was surprising and prodigious. Their facilitator, Pavan bhaiya, guided them through the towering forest, directing them back towards school. Laughter and chatter boomed as the children skipped back to class. Excitedly they opened their breakfast box, and sat down to eat and watch their seniors, M2 students, participate in strenuous activities during their sports period.
Forming a large circle, with one person in the middle, the twelve to fourteen year olds performed various exercises to warm themselves up before starting their intense game of dodge ball. The workout that followed had them do a series of lunges, frog jumps, duck walks, hurdle jumps, crunches and short distance running. After half an hour, they were sorted into two teams. The thirty minutes that followed were a rush of ball throwing, catching and dodging.
Team spirit and good sportsmanship ran through and through the game. Chetan sir, their fit and trained sports teacher, was content that the teams had no feuds. This was rare in PE classes. The sun had taken its toll on the students, and they were exhausted from the arduous exercise they had just done. They headed back to class to freshen up and prepare for their next lesson. To some of their dismay, it was art, however, for JHS, the ninth and tenth graders, this was one of their most loved subjects.
Their 19-year old facilitator, Anjali Dalmia, was exemplary and brought out art in an unusual manner. The students enjoyed their lessons with her and even stayed after school hours at times to complete their work, or came during holidays to attend an extra class. They focused on one type of art, such as form drawing, at great lengths to master it and perfect their skills. When it became too monotonous, they changed tactics, and moved on to other art forms, such as perspective drawing or water-colour painting.
Besides this, they studied the intricate history of art and were made to write essays on their research and findings. This was a new experience and made them realise that theory lessons were as fun as hands-on learning, making them keen to learn more. The subject inculcates various methods of teaching and enhances the student’s creativity and enables them to view objects differently and make their own perceptions about their environment. This is done by probing the students into spending some time thinking and then jotting down their observations in the form of art. This results in beautiful and unique artwork from each individual, as each one’s thought process is so different from another.
Written by – Avishi Dalmia (JHS)
Photographs by – Animesh Sharma (JHS)