I went to Juiqian Centre in Puxi area to conduct an art class for the kids there. I was led by a female teacher to go to the roof top. There is a class with glass walls on the roof top where you can see the surrounding views. There were five boys attending my art class.
A boy remarked: "We change teacher again."
I explained: "I am here to replace Charlie, she has gone to Hong Kong."
I showed the kids photo of Rangoli. Rangoli, also known as Kolam or Muggu, is a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor in the living room or courtyards using materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals during Diwali and other Indian festivals. Then, I showed them my Rangoli design. I also drew one on the spot.
The kids managed to come up with their own Rangoli inspired designs. After that, I taught them the technique of stenciling. I folded a piece of paper and cut out my desired design. I handed each of them a pair of scissors and a piece of paper. They started cutting.
I mixed the colors and got the paint roller ready while they were busy cutting their designs. Then, they took turn to stencil they designs. A boy told me that it was really fun. In the end, each of them did two stencils instead of one. My four hours spent on the subway train were not in vain , knowing that they enjoyed the art class.