Recently, when we were in Coorg, Pari tried her hands on the Potter's wheel and made a few pots and vases in different shapes and sizes.
Couple of days back, she painted one of the pots and thoroughly enjoyed the metamorphosis in its look due to the bright colours she painted with.
This clay pot was not glazed, so I had her use tempera paint. She could have used poster paint too but at that moment we did not have all the colours that she wanted to use.
Nevertheless, tempera paint worked out beautifully too. The best part is, she was able to paint directly off the plastic cups that they come in, here in India. That's the best part about tempera colours. The child does not need to dilute and mix them before she/he can start using.
I spread out sheets of newspaper on the table so as not to ruin the table and the mat.
Since, this pot is un-glazed, it is porous and hence the paint dries pretty quickly. If it doesn't, you must wait for one layer to dry nicely before moving on to apply any other layer of colour. If you are painting on a glazed pot, you will have to use ceramic colours or something similar.
After applying a base coat of yellow and after painting the roses, she did as her mood dictated her at that time. She wanted to apply some random, abstract strokes and I was all for it.
The Relevance of Creative Freedom
Pari's creative personality and process is very dfferent from mine, which I have learnt to appreciate after last few years of facilitating art activities with her and at times doing art myself along side her. She is very fast with anything she does – be it painting, writing, or ay other creative and learning process. It's her personality to see the thing finished soon.. Me, on the other hand – when it comes to any creative process, I'm not happy until I've put the best that I can. I am a very-very hard worker. Little bit of a perfectionist too, you can say. I say, "little bit" – not out of humility but because I know I am not a real perfectionist. That's not the right word for me. 'Hard-worker' and 'curious' are. So, as you can imagine, initially, it had been difficult for me letting go when seeing Pari finish off something in – what I thought sometimes, was – a tearing hurry!
And, what became of the end product due to her hurry was not my concern. Whether it turned out beautiful or not, whether it can be more beautiful or not – that's not what I would bother about. But, it would matter to me if she didn't enjoy herself while making it. It's in the process, I think, that the child actually learns. If the child goes through the process in an unexcited and detached way, then either the process was not right or the child was not involved in it due to lack of interest, short attention span etc.
Hence, when doing art and craft with Pari, I try to ensure that she has genuine interest in the process and very important – she has the freedom to make what she wants to without any expectation from me. Being fully into the process in an impassioned way will make the child dwell on it, tinker with it, play around and be inquisitive and eventually come up with original ideas.
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