SAFIER, the educational wing of Sri Aurobindo Society (Puducherry, India) will be happy to organize a workshop for children aged 9 -13 years, on an online platform. The objective of the workshop is to introduce the beauty and refinement of Fine Art based on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother‘s vision of Integral Education. There will be 12 sessions of 1 hour 15 minutes each,
with weekly one session.

Priti as the main facilitator, along with Rathi and Kavita, will facilitate the sessions where the children will explore the world of imagination, colour theory, understanding spaces, Calligraphy, Origami, patterns in nature, techniques and Art styles such as Pointillism introduced by George Seurat, Expressionism initiated by Vincent Van Gogh, Fauvism by Matisse.

A child painted this vase of flowers in the textural style of Van Gogh using complementary colours

Participants will also experience inner joy by exploring their emotions, thoughts and body awareness through different mediums like Painting, Crafts, Storytelling, chanting and songs. They will be encouraged to share their feelings on what they draw and how they would like to go towards perfection. This will help them blossom like a flower and also enhance their expression and communication abilities in English.

A child painted this tree and called it fondly FREE

Flowers and Trees will be the central theme; they will draw inspiration from flowers and not only learn to observe and paint them in different ways, but also learn about the spiritual significances that the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram gave to them.

A note about the facilitators

Priti is an artist, integral educator and a parent adopting Integral Education practices for more than a decade. She has worked with a free progress school and other schools in Delhi and NCR as an art educator & a classroom educator at pre-primary and primary levels and also as a teacher trainer. Currently Priti resides in Puducherry, India, and works with Sri Aurobindo Society’s Integral Education section as a teacher trainer and research scholar. Practising spirituality in daily living, drawing, reading poetry, telling stories to children, listening to classical music, simply walking by the sea with her dog, bicycling, humming to herself and reading and re-reading many books are some of her leanings.

Rathi works with Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, India, where she coordinates children’s camps and is a resource person as an Origamist and Calligrapher. She is also an eloquent storyteller and recites poems with élan. Rathi is a practitioner of Integral Yoga and has been residing in Puducherry since the last 10 years.

Kavita has been working for almost twenty years with graphic design to create beautiful and usable things. Currently she is with Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, India. As a passion she teaches ‘hands on ecology’ to school kids during her free-time. She believes that it is only by teaching kids to enjoy Nature that they will love it and conserve it for tomorrow. 
She lives in the heart of crowded Pondicherry with her family of a teenage son and husband and 3 dogs. She lives in a mud house she made with her family, and has grown a jungle in their garden.