Creativity trainer and Story-teller, Vranda Rathi’s venture Vranda Arts annually display’s the art of children from age group 4-15 years.
“Earlier it used to be difficult to make parents understand that, only the finished drawing is not important. What is important is that a child undergoes a thinking process while imagining and creating the drawing. If one can think, rest everything in the drawing is just fine motor skills which can be learned anytime. I used to explain them to not tag their kids as “He’s not good at drawing,” and that every child creativity needs a little bit of guidance to express itself freely. I am happy to say that parents these days are happy to hear this unlike before,” answers Vranda Rathi to the difficulties that are faced while working with parents who are primary decision makers for the kid of age group in which she teaches.
Apart from teaching kids, Ms. Rathi mentors Ahmedabad Gavels Club, a non-profit organization that aims in developing communication and leadership skills for kids below 18 years of age. She has also served as the president of Amdavad Toastmasters Club in 2017. Expressions through drawing is an exhibition of kids’ memory, imagination, favorite moments and everything else that comes in the thought process of 4-12 year kid.
“All these drawings are made by my students. We don’t draw anything specific for the exhibition because that changes the focus. Kids themselves decide upon the drawings which are close to their heart which they have made in the last six months during their regular drawing sessions. Parents or I don’t interfere with the selection of the kids drawing for framing. I also make a write up of the thought process of the child while creating that particular drawing and it is attached to the frames in the exhibition. One can read that and then see the drawing through the eyes of that child.” For stimulating creativity in young minds, Vranda has worked on various platforms like bookaro, schools, libraries, NGO’s and private organizations.
“As a child, I was inclined to drawing and other creative activities. Whenever I searched for the classes to guide me for the same, I found the copy-paste scenario everywhere! Things were generalized for everyone! I had to do what they wanted rather than what I wanted. Sad to say that the scenario has still not changed much. I decided to provide a platform to the kids who are the most creative people around to boost their creativity,” continues Ms. Rathi…
“Change is the only constant and I’m sure things are changing for good. The coming generation speaks their mind loud and clear. We need to encourage their creativity in whichever way possible. These days there are various platforms which provide ample opportunities to the kids to learn and showcase their skills.”
Vranda Rathi currently has 70 kids associated with her specifically for drawing.
“In my class students decide what they wish to draw and I help them to put their imagination on paper which is drawn by them. I don’t add any finishing touch to their imagination or drawing. Color scheme, background, everything is decided by kids whether they are 4 years old or 13 years old. Once in a year, I put up an exhibition of their work in an art gallery, where these young artists explain their work profoundly,” concludes Vranda.