S K Gawarikar
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Clay Modeling Workshop
This is what I feel about clay modelling.
Clay working/modeling is very much engrossing activity and one forgets everything when involved in it.Clay is very much plastic in nature-it retains almost 100% of the impression that we impart on it and hence offers as beautiful medium for imparting shapes/images that we have in our imaginations.We are interacting with kids from poor economic strata,so poor that it is unable to absorb any problem raised by life as such.This 'subject' therefore reacts very effectively to activities like dance, music, play, drawings, dramatics,
etc.It is proved that all these activities have therapeutic qualities in them. Clay modeling though it is one of them, very rarely attempted,especially in metros,where playing with mud is considered (and mostly is) as a health hazard.
So while interacting with kids in Borivali as well as in Airoli during the session I have observed kids' faces full of joy and exhibit creativity.They also show peace of mind and forget all possible tensions they have.Their eyes are simply glowing.Unlike their academic activity,of which they have tension of keeping every thing in mind and reproducing maximum while appearing in exam,is totally absent and they reflect simple happiness.
I also have seen some kids complaining that they do not know,for example, how to make bird out of lump of clay,but after proper encouragement,they too are able to draw pleasure of creativity out of activity.
In majority of the cases I simply wonder that they themselves aiming of making intricate models and at the end are able to achieve it successfully.You yourself can see kids making Ganesh idol and putting it in bullock cart.I would not have dared to attempt such complex target.I every time learn from these kids to set high aims and enjoy while working to attain it.
At the end of the session entire space we worked appears untidy but look at the kids; they are all busy seeing their own creation full of admiration and self respect, and talking to other fellow mates and commenting on each other's 'productions'.At that particular moment (and even during session too) they hardly pay any attention to outside world or to our instruction.It is really difficult and cruel role we play when we declare that," it is now end of this session'.
This activity is capable of making them aware of their own capability of contributing to creativity of their own standard and brings out self confidence in them.This activity has therapeutic effect,(called ART THERAPY) and also widely practiced to open up subject when faced traumatic situation and is not at all in position to communicate or ready for counselling.
We at LEAD/Dream India and similar thinking people are deeply involved to bring positive change whatsoever possible by us,for which we spend our time,efforts,money,
perspiration,etc and there is nothing more satisfying for us than to see these kids with glowing faces and glittering eyes.
I forget that it is now late and I still have to travel back in crowded public transport and bit uncomfort due to tiredness or hunger or humid climate,because I got my reward(equivalent to Bharat Ratna) for the work I did.
Here are the snaps of the workshop:
Looking forward to repeat the session at Badalapur village.
S K Gawarikar
S K Gawarikar