14 January, 2017

-Ms. Vailena D’Souza

Tribals form an important part of India. Their art and culture add richness and variety to India`s diversity, and hence, as fellow Indians we strive to learn more about their way of life. Keeping this end in mind, as part of the Beyond Academics learning program, adopted by the ever-progressive Don Bosco High School, Std IV chose to learn more about Warli Art.

On 11th January, 2017, the dedicated and energetic team from Beyond Academics met the students of Std IV with the aim and objective of teaching Warli Art to these students. Using a power-point presentation, the team first explained to the students the names of the different tribes, the history and important aspects of warli art, when and how the tribals do it, the materials used and modernization of this art form in order to revive and give it a fresh lease of life. Displaying laminated sheets depicting warli paintings, they painstakingly explained the symbols used and what each symbol meant. The students were then given a sheet of paper and asked to refer to the displayed drawings and draw any scene, using warli art. The students did this excitedly.

After the drawing activity in the classroom, the students moved to the quadrangle for the next activity. Here, each child was given earthen pots, brushes and bowls of rice paste and instructed to draw on the pots. The children were very excited to handle the pots and very enthusiastically drew on them. They were asked to line up the pots to allow the painting to dry and later, these pots were returned to the children to be taken home.

In this way, the students went home, learning more about our tribals as well as getting first-hand experience of doing warli art.