Mount Litera School International (MLSI) celebrated ‘Art Week’ wherein students of various grades gathered within the campus to design creative paintings and other unique forms of art. The school located at the heart of the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, proposed this innovative concept to promote the art-based learning along with their academics which is an integral principle of the IB program. A total of 64 students from Grade 1 to Grade 5 participated in this Art week.
Each grade was given a different painter or a technique, further to which students were inspired to make art-work based on the style given to them. Children created their art works, where they learnt about the styles of various globally acclaimed artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Rubbing, dabbing and aboriginal art were the styles used by the students expressing their imagination on canvas and paper. Every day the students had an hourly slot where they did some form of art and craft. The art week culminated with an exhibition in the main atrium at MLSI, where all the work done by the students was on display. The parents of all the students gathered at the campus to witness exhibition of the paintings. The exhibition was open for all between 12pm and 5pm. Visitors were spellbound by the extraordinary talent of the children who were younger than 10 years of age.
“Art is a useful form of learning a subject. When you engage hands-on with certain topics through art, you are creating your own learning and are deepening your level of understanding about a certain topic,” said Mr. Clive Rogers, Head of School, Mount Litera School International, Bandra.
Art based learning is considered equal to academic standards and teachers should work hard to design lessons that highlight content through art across different domains and subjects, thus honing a child’s overall growth.