36 students of Grade 7 participated in visual art practical session and painted murals at the Kogilu Junction
Bangalore, May 27, 2016 – As a part of the Contextual Learning Programme and Canadian International School’s (CIS) Community Service, today 36 students of Grade 7 painted murals on the pillars near the Kogilu Junction cross road, Yelahanka spreading messages such as “Be safe on the road”, “Look out” and “Share the road” through visual arts. The students cleaned up the surrounding area as a contribution to “Swatch Bharat” initiative and also planted saplings around the jogging track of Yelahanka Lake.
Furthermore, Chief Guest, Mr. SR Vishwanath – MLA of Yelahanka Constituency painted the pillars along with the students. Mr Ravi – President of YUVA- Yelahanka, and Mr. Shiva Kumar – President of the Yelahanka Lake Association supported the CIS team at this initiative. Ms. Devaki Rao – Elementary and Middle School Visual Arts teacher at Canadian International School organized this event in order to provide engagement and practical learning to students for spreading social messages through visual art.
“Often students and teachers get used to art and craft sessions in the classroom. But today, we stepped out of our comfort zone to give an expression to our creativity. The 7th Grade students were excited about the entire process and experienced a beautification project with an objective behind it. The students have not only learnt about mural art but also the possibilities and limitations of it in the open space”, said Ms. Devaki Rao – Elementary and Middle School Visual Arts teacher at Canadian International School.
Social Responsibility is a key facet of Contextual Learning. Contextual Learning is about making connections between what students are learning hands-on and how they are implementing the same understanding on-ground to connect with their community and environment.
“Painting the pillars today is a part of our giving back to the community and it’s also a part of what Contextual Learning at Canadian International School is all about. The 7th grade students took up this initiative which will help the junction look more beautiful. It would be great if everyone could take up such initiatives in and around their locality. It will not take much to make the city look beautiful”, said Mr. Shane Kells – Head of School at Canadian International School.
“This painting is not only for our school and having fun but also to tell people that we can change India in many different ways. I really liked doing this painting because it means something not only to us but also to the place and the people around”, said Cloe Plaza – student of Grade 7, Canadian International School.