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Sensing nature

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 'Sensitizing the senses '

Sensing nature; knowing nature is a workshop we have been conducting from 2003 at Aruvacode, Nilambur during the summer holidays- April and May. The primary objective is to sensitize the senses. About 60 to 80 children from 5year old to 15 year olds take part. All the work is done with absolutely no help from adults. It reveals the fact that children needs to be left alone to create knowledge or make sense of the world. Children being highly intuitive, adults reasoning mind fails to appreciate and often destroys children's abilities.
The work you see are an example of children's genius.

The fundamental issues we raise through this event is the 'nature of learning,  biologically embedded aesthetic sense in children, role of the teacher, 'Do nothing method' etc.

 
 

 

sensing

   
The workshop begins with children sitting in silence and consciously listening to all the sounds.  

 

 

 Colour in Nature

Children are asked to collect dry leaves of different shades and stick them in order. They then make the color by mixing the primary colors. This they repeat with various other colors in nature. They also do a color scale with two colours.

They also bring colored leaf and reproduce the same by mixing colors.

Then they make scenery with coloured leaves and dry leaves.

Using stones and soil, sand children make pookalam etc

The children are given colourful magazines to tear and do collage. 

Lines in Nature

Children collect different types of leaves and draw then in detail. Children are also given twisted leaves. Looking at various objects does drawing. This includes simple objects like brush, chair etc. portraits, posture, and also the village scenes, houses etc.

Touching nature

 Children make things/become aware of the textural qualities of objects and other qualities related to touch sense. Children also do a textural scale using various objects of varying texture. Then they make surfaces of different texture using clay.They also draw this out using pencil and paper.

  -One group of children is involved in making the model of the village using clay.

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