the school year 2000-2001, Auroville's Kindergarten especially
concentrated on 'expression through painting' classes and we're
happy to share here some images with you. Aurovilian Claire,
from France, who is a member of the Kindergarten team
particularly focusing on this activity, tells us the following:
A mirror of the development of a child
The paintings are a story, a diary through which one can follow
the development of the child. At this very young age, the kids
are not able to express verbally what they feel. Painting is
a good way to express a deep feeling, and also to create something
new, to enjoy and discover the colours.
The development process of painting is like a mirror of the
development of a child. All children go through the same 'phases'
of painting, although those phases are shorter or longer, come
earlier or later for each child. It is essential that each child
can follow his/her own rhythm and that he/she can compose the
forms and colours he/she likes.
Personally, I just have to be there; to be fully there and help
to take care of the material , to hold the brushes, to mix the
colours, to fix the paper on the easel..
on working with young children
When you begin with very small children, it's wonderful
with them, there's so little you have to do; you just have to
- Never make a mistake;
- Never get angry;
- Always understand.
Understand and see clearly why this movement took place, why
that impulse, what the child's inner constitution is, which
point needs to be strengthened and brought to the fore.
That's all you have to do, and then leave them: leave them
free to blossom, just give them the opportunity to see many
things, touch many things, do as many things as possible. It's
great fun. And above all, do not try to impose on them something
you think you know.
For further information
on research done in the Kindergarten, click here.
(We are saddened
to mention that Ms Jyothi from Poona, who is depicted sitting
on the left on the present homepage photo, has passed away during
a medical surgery operation in her hometown in the summer of
'01. Jyothi worked with the Kindergarten team for quite some
time during her newcomer stay here in Auroville.)