Grade 6 Students at the Tharanghini Block-Printing Studio
I learned how to block print. I learned how fabric was made and decorated. - Isaac
I learned to be patientI loved the part when we could see the experts do it. - Aïnhoa
I learnt more about block printing. It was really fun at Tharangini Block Printing studio because of all the different designs on the blocks. - Raquel
I loved block printing at Tharanghini because I got to design my own pouch. - Arisht
It was fun but they should have more block prints as emojis. - Clara
I learnt how to block print. I also learned that in Bangalore there are only 4 block carvers left.It was a good experience and I learned a lot. It was really fun. - Nuha
I learnt that block printing is an ancient and eco friendly art. I had a lot of fun learning how to block print and making my pencil case. - Niranjan
How Starbucks got its designs and how block printing is doneIt was nice to block print on our pouches. And learn how it has sustained all these years. - Quinn
I learned that if we keep everything organic, the environment would not get polluted. - Nithya
Our CL trip to Provision Asia was an amazing experience and a huge eye opener to all the types and difficulties that people face today. We started off with the tour of the school and we discussed the multiple problems that they are raising awareness about and helping the poor get over. We discussed their initiative on how to bring awareness and giving the right tools to the poor people of Bangalore so they can overcome diabetes and other major problems that the rural people of Bangalore face.
But all that information wasn't important and who would remember it, but that's where the real hands on experience came in. We were able to really be with the children and saw what they could do and how they are trying to overcome the terrible things that had happened to them. That was the most influential and most breath taking part of the entire experience.
By Akash V.
More thoughts from 7DG students:
I learned that I am very lucky that I can swim, read, write, etc. I found the trip very eye opening.
I often forget how lucky I am with the experience of traveling abroad, when some of those kids have not even traveled out of their village. - Allison
I learned how to get around in a wheelchair. I liked talking with people that don’t see the same way as I normally do. - Manon
I learned about disabilities and how hard it is to be in a wheel chair.I really liked it and many people in my class weren’t scared of going because the people there are still humans. I liked the song they made. - Zain
I learnt there are people with disabilities, but they can still be successful and happy. - Waka
I learned that riding in a wheelchair is very difficult, and that people with disabilities should be treated like normal people, and not as outcasts. I really enjoyed the day, and figured out how hard it is to ride in a wheel chair. I also realised that there are many people that are unfortunate to have these disabilities, and that we should not take anything for granted. - Aman
I learned that just because people have disabilities, doesn’t mean that we should just help them, we should understand them and treat them as we would treat a normal friend. I started to try understanding people with disabilities. - Sooahn
I had a very good experience as I got to learn how hard a life of a disabled person is and I also got to ride in a wheel chair outside and help the kids colour. - Peher
I learnt that even the littlest things can make people really happy. It was amazing! (Not being sarcastic). The kids I hung out with were tiny and I had a lot of fun with them especially the playground part. - Sanaa
I learnt that since people don’t have as much as we have, we have to be nice and be grateful. It was a great experience. From the time we arrived to the time we ended. I had fun playing with the kids and learning about what they do in their daily life. - Aditi
I realized that I am relatively good at babysitting! It was not the best day ever. I’m not a fan of little children, so this really pushed my boundaries. - Dannica
I learned that you should help others. It was fun! - Taeko
I learned to have patience. It was so fun. I loved being with the children! - Jaya
I learnt about the living conditions of the children at the orphanage, and how to interact with them. The experience was fun, interacting and learning the ways of the kids there, but it was also hard interacting with them sometimes. My favourite part was when we played in the playground, as less verbal interaction was needed. - Neel
I learned to cherish what I have and to stay happy no matter what. It was enthusiastic and exciting. The children were happy all the time and so was I. - Ribhav
I realized that a lot of people don’t know English.It was fun and I got to discover people that are not like me. - Alban
learned that not everyone is as privileged as we are. I also learned that they are still very happy despite this.I had a very good time visiting the kids. When the kids did something they were proud of and they smiled, it made me feel very good. - Arun
I learned how it was to hang out with a really young friend. At the Beulah home for children, we got to hang out with kids, make cards, read books, and play. - Advaith
A few days ago, Grade 7 had its 3rd CL Day, this time instead of going to one location, Grade 7 went to 3 different locations, 7TL went to Beulah Home for Children, 7DG went to Provision Asia, a center for children with disabilities and 7SJ went to the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), This blog is for 7SJ.
It started off with the students of our class going to homeroom as usual, where our homeroom teacher (Ms. Shari) roughly explained to us what CL day 3 was going to be like, what teachers we going to be with and where we were going to go. After that we went to Ms. Rao’s room where she and Ms.Beena explained in more detail what we were going to do. After that it was just a matter of waiting till 9:30. As soon as the clock struck 9:30, we were told to pack our stuff and go to the bus, we took Bus no. 14 and it was approximately a ride of half an hour - 45 mins and then, lo and behold! We were at NGMA.
National Gallery of Modern Art is an art gallery in Bangalore. It was inaugurated in the year 2009. It showcases modern Indian art and houses paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of Modern and Contemporary artists. 
Our first impressions were that it was huge! It comprises of 2 buildings with 2 floors each. We couldn't wait to go inside and see all of the amazing artworks, but first, a little background about NGMA.
As you can imagine, NGMA has a lot of really good artists like Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil and Rabindranath Tagore these are all really famous names in Indian art, which means it has a lot of really good paintings, and that made us even more excited about going inside. Before we went though, we met our guide who was also the assistant curator (someone who keeps paintings in good condition and collects them), her name was Ms. Nivriti and she explained what we were going to do. We first met up with her in the garden of the museum. She said that we were going to first look at the traditional artworks that are in the main building which was on the ground floor and then go and see the modern arts.
We started out with artworks from the 1600-1700s with the emperor sitting in the middle and he was the focus of the painting, He was surrounded by other people, usually his staff and the officials that served the king. As we were looking at the paintings, Nivriti told us about a process called foxing that had appeared on most of the paintings. Foxing is a process of deterioration that causes blackish reddish spots to come on the paper with the passage of time,. foxing is caused by the effect on certain papers of the oxidation of iron, copper, or other substances in the pulp or rag from which the paper was made, And these paintings had endured for almost 400 years. This is also why restoration techniques such as using wax and other art techniques are used to keep the painting in good condition and counter the effects of foxing.
After seeing all of the paintings in the hall, we then went into another room in the same building. The paintings in this room were made somewhere around 1700s-1800s, except what was different about this one was that it concentrated on a specific artist, Raja Ravi Varma. He was famous for layer paintings, however many of his paintings were converted into prints which had increased their popularity among the masses to the degree that they were used in calenders, gift boxes, sweet and biscuit boxes and even for prayer rooms. He worked in the technique called Impasto which he had learnt from the European Masters of Art, (Impasto is a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface in very thick layers, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible ). In the centre of the room, we found his one painting that was made from, well actual paints. We could see his brush strokes,the medium was oil on canvas and the painting’s name was Portrait of a Lady, you can find the picture here on the right.
After this, we went into another room where we saw paintings on Mahabharata. Most of them were watercolour paintings and only a few were oil on canvas. After this we went to a hallway where we found some sculptures in stone, among them, there was a carving of a bird that looked like an eagle, a symbol of a goddess.
We then went to the ground floor of another building where we saw some modern/abstract art, we went around the room and we saw all of the artworks. In that building, there are categories of the paintings like Miniature paintings, Mysore paintings, European traveler artists, Company period, Kalighat paintings, Bengal school, academic realism, Gegenendranath Tagore, Rabindranth Tagore, Shanthiniketan, etc..
Now Ms.Rao gave us a sheet to fill out about one artwork from the ones we have seen so far, after we had done that we went to the final level of the gallery where we saw abstract art. Then, we went to have lunch and then we came back to CIS by 2:40
All in all, this trip was really fun. Now normally, I do not enjoy museums. All of the ones I have visited I couldn’t wait to get out of them, but this one totally changed my perception of museums. It taught us the importance of art in this world. It taught us the progression of art, how different types of techniques are used for art, the different mediums and styles of making art (toothpicks, oil, etc..). I really liked the museum and all of the artworks in it. I highly recommend this museum to anybody that likes art or has some free time on their hands.
Today was an amazing day, and I am sure everyone else loved it as well. We were required to paint a mural for the NIPCCD, or the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development. I truly enjoyed the experience, and the messages sent with the meanings of the murals were deeply touching.
NICCPD is a government organisation devoted to taking care of the needs and rights of the women and children. When we went there, however, they said they had canceled the appointments that day so that we could paint our mural.
We were divided into three groups to finish the work more efficiently, even though most of us kept going to different groups to help out here and there.
The first group painted the largest mural, and lots of people from other had to intervene because it was so huge. It was very enjoyable, though, since music was playing and people talked and laughed as they worked. The first mural was reminding parents that when they fight, they're kid hears it, sees it and feels it.
The second one was of girls and boys holding balloons and generally happy. It displayed the love and affection required to raise joyful children.
The last one was slightly more deep. There were children running to a door with love on the other side of the door. It was all sprightly at first glance, but then the children's expressions became more visible and we could see that they were scared or fearful. The door represented safe haven.
My understanding of Bangalore has changed drastically. I never even knew that Bangalore was doing things like this, helping children and women with their issues and generally helping them cope. It was very enlightening to know that people are trying to make Bangalore a better place, and I am sure that everyone else had slightly similar, if not the same feelings.
I think we showed a lot of caring today. Other than agreeing to help by painting the mural, we also were caring to each other when we worked. We helped each other paint, got things done, and helped when anyone else had trouble.
I think it's important to know what's going on in a community, because that's how you can ensure that everyone's needs are taken care of and that nobody is having trouble. It also helps in making decisions as a community. If I could have changed anything about the day, it would be when we were painting the mural and we got slightly annoyed with the lack of room to paint. I think that we could have done better by being more understanding and stepping aside or waiting until someone else had finished before coming to paint our bit.
Overall I loved the day, and I really think everyone else did as well.
On Friday 8LL presented an excerpt from the novel, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, to children on the autism spectrum from the Bubbles Centre. We had been working on this from the beginning of the year and had also read the book in our English class. We assigned all the different tasks we had to do to make the day successful, and evenly spread it out across everybody in our class. We had tasks for everything: from the children stepping off the bus to them leaving the campus at 2 pm. We also put a lot of work into making the entire performance autism friendly.
We were excited and nervous for our performance. We knew we had put our hearts into the performance but the longing fear of messing up on stage was suppressed but evident too. We sometimes forgot our lines during rehearsal or forgot our cues to do our part but we always helped each other fix it and encouraged each other. It may sound cliché but for the first time we all were patient with one another and just accepted the mistakes and worked on moving on from it rather than dwelling on it.
We practiced from 8:45 to 11:00 and then wrapped up our last rehearsal before the real deal. We started setting up for them to arrive(the ticket counter, the props and the set) and did what we had to to make this a very good performance. They arrived at 11:20 and a team guided them to the Odeum and then the next team took over to give tickets and so on.
I had never forgot my lines in any of the rehearsals and this was probably because I had spent the entire previous night learning my lines very well. But I think it was the nerves that kicked in because when I was standing on that cube, I was shaking. I couldn't remember any of my lines and was having a mini panic attack on stage. The first sentence I said what completely wrong but nobody realised. But then the first cue for the first team was "I detected in the kitchen" but instead i said the second team's cue which was "I detected in the utility room." Both the teams got messed up and everybody was looking at me. I couldn't recall any of my lines and started openly panicking. Nobody was helping me out because they thought I had it all in control but really I had no idea where I was going. That's when Rohan whispered my lines to me after an awkward 20 seconds of silence. I sighed in relief snd continued through the rest of my monologue without a doubt. Honestly, I am so thankful Rohan whispered that one word because it was a boost up and helped me get back in track. This was one of the really good examples of helping each other.
The rest of the performance was fantastic. Everybody remembered their lines and cues and it was a very smooth performance other than the rough start. They enjoyed the performance and then we moved on to have lunch. They were pretty calm and ate in silence. People distributed some cups and plates around to help with serving. Some of us even sat on the floor so they would have more space to themselves.
We showed our performance to them and now it was their turn to share their activities with us. We made bracelets using different kind of beads. Most of the boys had a very hard time putting the beads into the string as the hole is slim and complained that their fingers were too huge. Some people gave up saying it wasn't meant for them and some finished it with ease. Most of us didn't finish because time didn't permit us but some of us were done with the entire thing. We took a picture and then Nikhita, Anushka and I led them back to the buses. We chatted on the way and waved goodbye. For the last hour or so we took a break where we played soccer or just took some time off from the hectic day. At last, we discussed briefly about our learnings and then departed.
Throughout the entire day we learned so much. We learnt how to improvise on stage and help each other out without making it obvious to the audience. Understanding each other and realising some qualities that you may not have known about your classmates. Realising that autistic children are really not very different from us. Questioning and deeply thinking about why society first labelled autistic children as "weird" or "peculiar". Really mixing with them and learning few new things about their behaviour. I could have calmed down before the performance and not panicked. But I don't think we needed to change anything else. We all thought about this thoroughly and I think it was very well organised!
by Surabhi Prasad
When we arrived at the animal shelter, we could already see the street dogs and hear the barking from the shelter dogs. As we went in, we met Mr. Prim. He was the owner of CARE. We found out that there were permanent residents and dogs up for adoption. We first looked at the dogs that are permanent residence. It was certainly very moving, as we saw dogs with three legs, dogs with wounds, dogs that were blind, deaf or couldn't use their legs at all. There were also cats and guinea pigs. We visited them all.
I thought it was a lovely experience to listen to these poor dogs' stories and why they were there. While we were there, I think we definitely learnt how having a dog can benefit your life. We learnt that having a dog will keep you exercised and can comfort you when you're sad because dogs can sense emotions.
We could serve the community by helping the people/animals around us, feeding a homeless animal/human, cleaning up where we walk, and keeping the environment safe for everyone.
by Jessica Bell
For our third CL day, we went to the Beulah Home which is home to about 50 children, most of whom are orphans. There were children from places as far away as Nagaland. Our goal for the day was to clean, scrape and paint the walls of the common area inside the orphanage building.
We started off our day by painting the walls. Mr.Lindeman gave us a few tips on how to paint. First, we cleaned up the parts of the wall that were dirty or dusty. There were still a few arachnids around even after we cleaned up and I even accidentally painted one of them! I enjoyed painting the walls but it did get a bit tiring so I took a short rest whilst doing it. After the painting, we played with the kids which was a lot of fun. We played a game called "Lagori". Playing with the kids was not only fun but a great way of getting to know them. We also played played frisbee with them. The frisbee ended up in a fairly deep hole in the ground and we didn't manage to fish it out!
Our first essential question for the day was, "How can I affectively serve when I am in an unfamiliar place?" Well, I think when you are in an unfamiliar place, it's important to communicate and try to understand the people and the place. When we went out to play with the kids, I asked them what they wanted to play. I also spoke to Ms.Shoba who gave me a lot of information about the orphanage.
Our second essential question was,"Where is the balance between working independently and needing guidance?" When we arrived at the orphanage, we were given tips by Mr. Lindeman on how to go about painting the wall. After that, we all worked independently to get the job done. Working hard!
Our third essential question was,"How can I give helpful advice while also being encouraging?" Well, I think it's always good to give advice as well as receive it. However, its important that it is done in a positive way so that nobody gets offended. Mr.Lindeman is a great example of that!
It was an awesome trip! I enjoyed meeting and playing with the kids. It's also great that we could make a small difference in their lives.I hope the kids enjoy spending time in their bright green common area!
by Alana Ferrer Sangwan
On our third CL day, we were split into four different groups, going on field trips of our choice. All of the activities were related to the day's theme: community service. In my group, we visited ANU, an NGO which aims to provide income for women living in a slum in Bangalore. They do this by recycling tetra packs and cement/rice bags into handbags, belts, baskets, and other accessories.
The first half of the day, we went away from school. We were introduced to several of the women who participate in the project, and then walked around the area where they live. After walking around the area for a while, we went to where the women worked, in a small room also acting as a shop for their products. The slum is located very near to the railway, and because the neighbourhood does not have trash collection, much of the rubbish is thrown onto the side of the track. We were able to see some of the products, which included different size handbags, mats, purses, shopping bags, and baskets. Most of the larger items are made from tetra packs, which are bought for 10 rupee/KG from several schools and restaurants.
ANU first started as a business, but this proved to be less profitable in India, because of the many rules that should be followed. Instead, ANU became a trust, relying mainly on donations. The money earned goes to the education of the children of the working women, and to pay the women's salaries.
Just before lunch, we started driving back to school. Two of the women from ANU came with us, and for the rest of the day, they taught us how to create baskets from woven tetra packs.
My favourite part of the day was walking through the area around ANU, because I thought it was very interesting to see how different, less fortunate people lived. Also, I liked how kind and open everyone was, especially the children. Although I enjoyed weaving the tetra packs, I feel it would have been nice to stay at ANU longer, so that we could have learnt more about the people who live there, and what their lives are like.
The two essential questions were "How was your understanding of Bangalore changed today?", and "How can a NGO or a small business help the people in your community?" My understanding of Bangalore was changed because I learnt a lot about how there are so many different people in the city. I also learned how big of differences there is between different areas in the city. An NGO or small businesses benefits people in a neighbourhood because it gives them work with a proper income. The women working at ANU all were the only working members in their families, meaning their incomes are essential.
Overall, I really enjoyed the day, and learned a lot more than if I would have learnt about it at school.
by Mark Nibbelke