A Padma Vibhushan dancer comes to talk on Environment and a Kathak maestro explains the linkages with physics.Fine arts give students countless opportunities to discover and define themselves: through rehearsing for a play, choreographing a dance, preparing stage sets, creating a painting, sculpture or even a video of a memorable event. Our Arts Centre provides opportunities for these skills and integrates them into mainstream learning.
The Arts with their propensity to develop creativity envisages linkages with disciplines like History, Geography, Languages, Sciences and help enhancing our understanding of them. Thus the social history of Moghul India comes alive through miniature paintings and the economic prosperity of Medieval Europe from the richness of Renaissance art.
The last working Saturday of every month is devoted toto the display of various arts activities whether it be dance, drama, singing, playing of an instrument, drawing or painting. Every child thus gets an opportunity to see the variety of activities, hobbies available to them as also to perform before an audience.
Self assessment is encouraged from an early stage and is now a page in their Report card.
Music is compulsory in the first seven years of the pupil’s life, after which, it is offered as an optional subject. The school has its own orchestra and its own junior and senior choir. All the children take part in group singing which includes regional songs, inter-faith prayers and chanting of Sanskrit hymns and shlokas. Both Indian and Western vocal music lessons are offered.
The School has developed 100 member Indian and 48 member Western Music orchestras. The students play several instruments including
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Indian and Western classical music is played in the foyer every morning to encourage students to develop an ear for music. The morning assembly begins with prayers followed by an invocation song. Our music teachers make it a point to teach songs from different provinces of India and also some international favourites, which are sung during festivals and anniversaries. A special room has been created for Western Music and children play a variety of stringed and percussion instruments.
DANCE AND DRAMA
Dance and Drama are a tangible medium to express life in all its facets-literary, social, political and historical and every attempt is made to integrate it into mainstream education. They translate and transform events, ideas and stories into expressions that stay with the viewer and the participants.
During ‘theme-week’ festivals like Malhaar the inter school Dance & Music competition hosted by our school, we draw over 30 schools and it has become a much awaited event on the Delhi School circuit.
Our mega Annual Days whether it be Dilli Meri Jaan or The Silk Route, Evita or History seen through 100 years of Bollywood are wholly conceived, scripted and choreographed by the teachers and students.
The creative endeavours of the students culminate in the Annual Day function where as many as 1700 children participate in a dance drama with a social theme on a specially constructed stage before an audience of 2000 parents. We also have an excellent indoor auditorium and provisions for an amphitheatre.
ART AND CRAFT
Every attempt is made to introduce children to the rich and varied artistic traditions of the country. Children are allowed to experiment and explore in their chosen medium before being guided to a structured approach.
Eminent painters, sculptors, potters are regularly invited to the school. Students are taken to art galleries and shown art films to heighten their awareness and appreciation. Art and Craft Art is harnessed to enrich other branches of learning. For instance Art forms like Madhubani, Palchitras, Warli paintings, etc. also are used to provide a backdrop to story-telling. Visiting tribal artists are invited to demonstrate their craft.
Art activity is plentifully evident all over the school. It is seen in the arrangements of the Display Boards, the designing of invitation cards, sign boards, stickers & posters. It is evident in the way we celebrate our festivals rangoli/ kolam for Diwali, floral displays for Onam and Phool Walon Ki Sair. In the clay- modeling for making of Ganesha for Ganesh Chaturthi and Easter eggs for Easter. As also during Environment Week when, for instance, a 40 feet long serpent is fashioned from old plastic water bottles strung together and festooned with coloured ribbons of paper with a placard saying “Dear children please save me”. The message is bold & clear and goes straight to the heart.
Fine arts, including the History of Fine Arts are offered as a course of study in class XII.
The School offers the following courses in art and crafts.
- Painting and drawing
- Tie and dye techniques of oriental Batik
- Puppet making
- Decorating gift boxes
- Needle work & embroidery
- Jewellery making
- Flower making
- Candle making
- Mask making
- Origami Rangoli/Kolam
- Clay modeling on our own electric potter’s wheel