ART @ the Orphanage during the ART TEACHERS CONNECT
We were at the HEPHZIBAR HOME for an art project with the children. The first was a cinema show titled: LIKE STARS ON EARTH.
LIKE STARS ON EARTH: A Bollyhood movie which is by far the most sensitive and educational portrayal of childhood dyslexia. Eight-year-old Ishaan's world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Adults are more interested in things like homework and marks. And Ishaan just can't seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to boarding school to "be disciplined." New art teacher, Nikumbh, infects the students with joy and optimism and breaks all the rules of how things are done by asking them to think, dream and imagine. All the children respond with enthusiasm except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself.
We also engaged the kids in the visual arts ranging from painting to mixed media, beads making etc. This session offers a practical platform for the art instructors to use art to effect social change, art as a springboard for therapy and empowerment with the children at the orphanage home.
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