Date of the activity: 16.IV.2018 – 16.V.2018
Number of participant: 25 pupils from 1st grade
Responsible person of the activity: Local coordinator and first primary class teachers.
Objective of the activity:
- To make students feel involved in making their school welcoming.
- To increase in the pupils the senso of belongings to the community and to the place.
Drawing or painting together is a way to tell and know each other, a moment that goes beyond words. Painting constitutes a beautiful way of expressing oneself, manifesting the deepest part of our emotions, it is a therapy for the mind and a formidable moment of personal growth. Cezanne used to say, a long time ago, that “it is not about painting life, it is about bringing painting to life”. By painting, we work on ourselves and give life to what we create, receiving many benefits:
• Helps to overcome the wall of communication and free creativity, a useful exercise especially for shy and introverted people
• Strengthens self-esteem; if practiced in a non-competitive and relaxing environment, painting helps to gain confidence in ourselves and to value ourselves
• Improves motor skills. Handling a brush or pencil helps us to regulate hand movements and develop brain connections related to this skill
• Increases concentration. It is a meticulous work that teaches to stay focused
• Helps the emotions flow. Painting helps to focus on what we feel and to tell it, when words are not enough.
The most suitable technique for working with children is “ Tempera colors” . For this laboratory they have been used three fundamental ones (cyan blue, magenta red and lemon yellow), plus white and black. A brown and a beautiful bright red has been added for convenience because they are colors that are a little difficult for children to compose, all the necessary nuances can be obtained and desired, leaving the discovery of unsuspected colors to the imagination and exploration.
Initially the pupils listened to the reading of Leo Lionni’s book “Piccolo giallo e piccolo blu”, It was followed by a free conversation about the history and possible colors and mixes of colors that the children knew and with whom they had already experienced as everyone had attended kindergarten. The motivation was that their product would make their school entrance more beautiful and welcoming school, so that anyone who entered the school would feel welcomed by the… color.
RESULTS: this experience was highly formative in that it transmitted a strong sense of belonging to the community and to the place to the children of the 1st grade, 6 years old, who have recently entered primary school. They worked hard without performance demands, without having to produce landscapes or objects, but free to give vent to their creativity. Developing a sense of belonging to the places of the school is a key point for giving birth to the spontaneous care and sense of responsibility of the common material and the environments in which it lives.