They trickle in
I can see them
On my eyelid screens,
I can almost touch them.
In all forms and shapes,
A hundred designs unique,
Melodies unvoiced .
Momentarily I even feel
They are mine!
Then I must be a genius!
They drift and soar
As I sink down
Into the depths
Of peaceful sleep.
By morning no trace left
And I seek them, in vain,
In the maze of my brain.
Now I know what makes
A genius a genius!
Have a look at these snaps from our Creativity Day 2012.
If there is a will there is a tree. There had been excruciating incidents (saved for another post) behind this artificially natural tree. Thank you dear teachers, for your determination which made the dead branch take ‘life’, finally!
Ozone layer. A simple, yet demonstrative exhibit from the science stall.
Our students are experts at Mehendi. Their dexterity will amaze you.
Best out of waste. One of my favourite pieces from the competition.
Origami! This was made by a grade 7 student within an hour’s time.
The student used about 150 paper cups to make this party light. Loved it!
Just that much for the time being. Looking forward to the holidays, to tell you more about the life here and to catch up with all the great posts I missed. Take care!
Posted in Art, Celebrations, Childhood, Creativity, Education, Uncategorized
Tagged creations, Creativity, mehendi, origami, ozone layer, party lights, Photography, photos, Tree
Yet another summer vacation is just over. Though we couldn’t visit our relatives it was one of the most creative and well-spent vacations I’ve ever had. Take a look.
Picked up some new skills – making friendship bands and the basics of crochet.
Best out of waste – bags made from old clothes.
Bit of applique and embroidery to embellish plain T shirts.
Some frocks and tops, for my girls and four sets of school uniform for my elder one.
The following task consumed much of my time and energy – new slipovers and cushions for our sofas. All I had to spend was SR 100, for the furnishing material.
So much about the creative part. But the here are real the highlights of my vacation.
1. We painted the whole apartment – thank God it is just four little rooms. The walls had been covered up with the graffitti of my younger one. We waited all these four years for her to grow up. The walls now look great but I miss the mysterious , cute figures that her little fingers had doodled all over.
3. This is something I really enjoyed – I ripped open all the pillows, washed the fibre, combed it with an African comb, and made fresh, fluffy pillows and cushions.
2. I gave up my regular workout programme (after the realisation that it was gnawing my joints) to switch over to the most effective system of exercise – yoga. Wonder why I didn’t try it all these years. Now I wake up a bit earlier than usual so that the I can complete a perfect set of stretches. Spiritually and mentally I feel more rejuvenated.
Now tell me, wasn’t that a great vacation? Hope to be back to active blogging very soon.
Posted in Art, Creativity, Home, Life, Summer, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, Creativity, friendship bands, frocks, holidays, sofas, summer vacation, Vacation
Our little environmentalists from grade five did their bit towards creating awareness among the students on the World Environment Day. Aren’t their posters cute?
Once again my favourite tree quote:
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb
Posted in Art, Blessings, Nature, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, Awareness, Creativity, Deforestation, Nature, Posters, School, Students, Trees, World Environment Day, Worries
I usually wind up my advice sessions in class with this point, “These are merely suggestions. You need not limit yourselves within the lines I have drawn. Feel free, go to any extend to express your creativity – and that’s what I ultimately expect from you.” Majority of them happily follow just what I say. I call them good, obedient students. Many of them dare to be innovative. They are excellent students.
But geniuses incarnate rarely. Last year I got such a student (glad to have her with me this year too) – an avid reader and a gifted artist who thinks out of the box.
What makes her notebook stand out is her ability to artistically represent what she visualizes out of the lessons. Almost the whole lesson will be there in pictures and captions. If it is a poem, literally each and every image will come alive in her unique style of drawing. Each time she gave me her book for correction she offered me an intellectual, visual treat.
Take a look at these illustrations.
This is how she began.
A lot of details about the authors are collected and included.
This is how she illustrated the classic poem by Tennyson – ‘The Brook.’ Have a closer look at the details and you can see that she has included even the minute points from the poem.
Song of the Rain by Khalil Gibran
Anyone who has read Wordsworth’s ‘Solitary Reaper’ would not need any more explanations here. What attracted me is her imagination to make the three singers stand on the victory stand, giving the first position to the reaper.
- Finally this is one of my favourites – Pam Ayres’ ‘Oh I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth.’
These are the original creations of a 14-year-old girl born into an ordinary family. Are the parents fully aware of potentials of this prodigy? I am not sure. Anyway these days they are seriously thinking about her higher studies – she aspires to be a doctor. May God help her and all the deserving students like her.
Posted in Art, Blessings, Creativity, Education, Life, Notebooks
Tagged Art, Creativity, Designs, Drawing, Ideas, Illustration, Innovations, Notebooks, Pictures, School, Sketches, Students