Umnah (class teacher) and I, Shagun (Art volunteer), are starting this fundraiser to provide each of our students (41 in total) with basic art materials, including paints, crayons, sheets, origami paper, and glue.
By the middle of 2021, Umnah realised that her students lacked a basic understanding and expression of emotions. While they did great academically, they were unable to voice their feelings. That's when she reached out to me for weekly art lessons. Through these classes, I have been trying to incorporate social-emotional and value-based learning. These classes aim to provide the kids with a medium to channel their inner thoughts and beliefs and become aware of themselves and their surroundings.
However, teaching art using an online platform hasn't been easy. Poor internet connection along with a lack of resources has been a common issue for most students. Many dropped out because of insufficient art supplies. Some didn’t even have a blank sheet to draw on. We saw so many kids tearing off the paper from their notebooks only to attend the art class. Now that the schools are re-opening and all kids are coming back to Delhi, we want to make sure that all of our students have a basic art kit.
Do you remember the smell of fresh paint in your school art class, the giddy sensation of wet paint oozing through your fingers onto a piece of smooth white paper? Can you remember the joy of creating your first landscape with a house, mountains, trees and a stream of water? Or the pride of showing your masterpiece to all your family members and guests that came over?
Through your little contribution, you can help these kids form similar memories and provide them with a chance to express themselves artistically.
*Umnah Munir has been a fellow at TFI for the past year, while Shagun Narang has been a part of it as a volunteer since May’21, teaching art to class 5th students.