Today on the birth anniversary of Amelia Earhart, the poster child of ‘what girls can achieve,’ we are proud to share this beautiful piece by Aayat Lal. Living in London and all of 7 years, Aayat knows more about Indian art forms than most of us in the country would. Aayat wants to do her bit to revive traditional folkarts, enjoying immensely the folk art workshops by MeMeraki.
Here is a girl on a mission!
During Lockdown, these art classes have inspired me to become an artist. Every time I paint, I get better at it.
I joined these classes because I wanted to get better at art. I also joined these art classes because I knew that only a few families are doing these art forms. This means that in a few years, these art forms will become extinct.
We have to learn about these art forms more so that we can pass it on to others and we can save these precious art forms.
When I finish each painting, I feel amazed because my painting looked so good. I have also learnt that India has a lot of art forms.
I have learnt many art forms from India so are.
Some of them are Phad Art from Rajasthan, Pichwai from Rajasthan, Assamese Scroll from Assam, Gond from Bhopal, Warli from Maharashtra, Pattachitra from Bengal and Orissa, Mata Ni Pachedi from Gujarat and Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh.
My favourite artform is Phad Art because it’s very colourful.
When I read books, it’s like my brain is stretching to think more about the scenes and the writing and then I picture the scene in my mind. These art classes have also helped me with my concentration.
I know that every GOND Painting has a story behind it and a few more art forms also have stories too.Art has made me much happier and has also made me forget all the bad things in life.
Now when I look at a painting, I want to know what artform it is and what is the story behind it. I am so thankful that art classes are here.
It was a pleasure to listen to Aayat talking about her Artwork to her school friends. We are very impressed by her creativity and it has inspired us in our Art lessons. Thank you, Aayat!
Miss Fowler (Aayat’s Art Teacher at School)
Thank you so much Miss Fowler. We agree, Aayat is as passionate about her art as she is creative. We hope looking at her work will encourage many other children to submit their creative work. We at Bookosmia are delighted to publish all ideas from children so they feel heard and encouraged.