Day 1: Drawing Without Seeing
The session of Happiness Curriculum st K.R Mangalam World School, G.K-II began with mindful check-in for 2-5 minutes by feeling one’s body and mind and simply allowing any waves of thoughts, emotions or physical sensation to just be. Before introducing a new topic to the class, a recap of the last week sessions were done, this was to refresh their memory and constantly reflect on the importance of being mindful. Students shared how they have been using the techniques taught in happiness classes in different situations of their lives which are helping them to cope with worries, stress and uncertainty.
The topic of the week, mindful drawing, was introduced to the students by the facilitator after taking the feedback from the students. Students by now are familiar with the concept of mindfulness and were guided as to how any art form can help them to become mindful. Students were having all the material they required with them for activity, afterwards students were told to get any object near to them which they can easily get a hold of. Students were given instructions that throughout the activity their eyes will be closed. Then they were told to hold and feel the object. While feeling the particular object students were guided to trace the outlines and examine the texture and the shape. Then they were directed to draw the object on the paper just by feeling it.
The activity helped the students bring attention to the present moment in time by focusing on what they are drawing – the sound, feeling of it, what one can see and cannot see etc. Not being able to see what they were drawing intensified their fluidity, touch and sensitivity too.
The session ended with a five minute mindful check out (deep breathings and relaxation exercises) which made them feel affirmative and relaxed, increasing their self-awareness and reducing stress levels which in turn will help them channelize their energy into positive direction.
Day 2: Look, Observe and Draw
The session began with mindful check-in for 2-5 minutes by feeling one’s body and mind and simply allowing any waves of thoughts, emotions or physical sensation to just be which in turn helped students to be in the present moment. Just after their mindful check- in ended, students shared their experience and viewpoints about the previous activity. Afterwards, the facilitators introduced the activity of the session as the topic for the week remains the same. The students were informed that they will be shown a picture of which they need toobserve and note the details and try to redraw it with exactness. Students were again informed that they are not expected to be an artist as it’s very much about the process rather than end product.
On asking, students shared that with the help of mindful drawing they felt less cluttered and stressed and felt grounded and much connected to their own mind.
The session ended with a two to three minute silent mindful check out which included various mindfulness exercises to relax various muscles of the body making them feel relaxed, calm and composed.