Creativity at its best! by Aditi Nayar

 With a sense of creativity and play that was just mind-blowing, these 11 year olds took the Kathakali worksheet to the next level.

With a sense of creativity and play that was just mind-blowing, these 11 year olds took the Kathakali worksheet to the next level.

Covering a range of concepts: colour, symmetry, composition, finger-skills, collaboration, creativity, exploration and most important of all, play, these worksheets a great way to inspire curiosity and love for art and culture in kids.

We started with a discussion on Museums and their significance and then eased ourselves into the worksheet with a story from Kathakali by one of the children. This came as a surprise and hearing it from one of their own classmates, was something special for the other kids.

The kids in this group were quick on the uptake and easily departed from the structure provided at the start of the session taking the worksheet to its full potential!

Hot off the press! by Aditi Nayar

Worksheets at the Kerala Museum are an enjoyable way to get started digging beyond the surface to find out more. Each worksheet originates from an exhibit in the Museum of Kerala History, (the Kathakali worksheet is an extension of the Kathakali exhibit), encouraging further exploration of each topic.

 A 2nd grade student discusses the worksheet with his classmate during snack break

A 2nd grade student discusses the worksheet with his classmate during snack break

An excellent example of cross disciplinary learning, activities in the worksheet explore concepts in history, art and performance, inviting participants to play and experiment.

The worksheets improve logical reasoning, reading and comprehension skills, assist in cognitive development, enhance creativity and imagination, hone fine motor skills, assist in cognitive development and most importantly encourage children in school groups to work in a collaborative manner.

Available for adults and children, these are reasonably priced and what’s more, you can carry them home with you.

Beyond Sacred Worlds Kerala Mural Workshop by Aditi Nayar

An IT professional, a school teacher, an accountant, a mother of a 3 month old, an 8 year old girl and an 11 year old boy... What do they all have in common? Their love for mural painting. And the determination to learn something new.

A doctor, Ms. A, who joined us by taking an overnight bus from Pondicherry, works through the week, reserving weekends for interesting ways to enrich her painting skills. “I try to pick up something new every 2 years,” she said. But what better way to spend the weekend than learning a new craft?

The Kerala Mural form of painting has traditionally been a temple tradition, with the frescoes pictorially depicting religious myths and legends in vibrant colours. With the Beyond Sacred Worlds workshop, we chose to use a simple contemporary image that would illustrate the basic steps in the process.

At the beginning of the two-day workshop, taking home a finished piece of work seemed almost impossible, with many of our participants picking up a brush for the first time in their lives.

 Under muralist and teacher Vishnu Vikraman’s patient tutelage, everyone was able to pick up pace quickly, learning to outline and use the spell-binding stippling technique used in the Kerala mural.  This was the second Mural Painting workshop held by the Kerala Museum, the first being Sacred Worlds in 2017.

Under muralist and teacher Vishnu Vikraman’s patient tutelage, everyone was able to pick up pace quickly, learning to outline and use the spell-binding stippling technique used in the Kerala mural.

This was the second Mural Painting workshop held by the Kerala Museum, the first being Sacred Worlds in 2017.