Get ready for  series of reflections since I am back from India.  It was a big struggle to try and update while I was in India and now that I’ve been looking through thousands of pictures and organizing them into the weeks and months.  I realize that there is so much that I want to share.  Even though it will come from a different point of view, it still reflects the different things I learned, what was important to me then, and how I think about it now.

One of the best experiences I had in India was creating a workshop for the organization I was working with.  Each of the project managers presented me with what work they did and a few weeks later I prepared a full day of experiential learning activities and lectures to figure out ways we could collaborate on arts education programming for kids in India.

There was a lot of interest in what kinds of work I was doing in my own classroom in the United States and the goal for me was to expose them to art education theories, the use of mindfulness and yoga modules in the classroom, lesson planning, and a bit of about the importance of being a trauma informed educator.

One of my main goals for the day was just to get my coworkers to make art and become aware of the experience of making. I know all of the people in the organization are connected to the arts in some way, but I was curious about how often they immerse themselves in creating art.  I also felt that it was extremely important to let them be students and experience what it might feel like to be a student of art.

I decided to share a lesson that was open, expressive, and allowed for collaboration and exploration.  To facilitate those ideas, I decided to use music to direct the art making, and this is the result.

I provided a wide variety of tools and media so the artists could choose the supplies they thought were appropriate for them.
The result was a variety of symbols and objects that emerged from the interaction of the music, that conveyed a variety of moods and emotions from the artists.
Many artists expressed a certain story and explained symbols contained in their work.
The layers of tone and color mimic the layering of instruments in the music piece.
A variety of textures in this piece.
The pattern and color are bold over a background of light colors.
This piece shows use of other paper, creating a truly mixed media piece with collage.
A musical art composition.
Sometimes a landscape emerges.
Or a boat at sea.
The group checking out the completed pieces.
Artist at work.
Creating texture with glue.
The artists set up, ready to add more to their piece.
The workshop space.
Ready to go.
Awesome ladies of NalandaWay.
The workshop participants and co-workers.
Ready to present, with electricity or not.


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