Sensing Nature; Knowing Nature - Philosophy
Thursday, May 4, 2006 6:39:45 AM
Senses connects not only to knowledge but also to the beauty of living. Sensitivity is in a way is matter of the awakening of the senses and feelings.
Sensing Nature; Knowing Nature is a workshop we have been conducting from 2003 at Aruvacode , Nilambur during the summer holidays – April and May. This year about 40 children of the age 5 to 15 from the village attended the workshop.
Each and every time children have proved that they are born genius and they need to be left alone to make sense of the world.
The fundamental issues we raise through this event is the 'nature of learning, biologically embedded aesthetic sense in children, role of the 'teacher', do nothing method etc.
It looks like that we are already born with aesthetic sense. I think this is our connection to the world and the way we conduct our lives provided we leave that to the nature in all of us.
The work shop on sensing nature is for providing space to come together to listen, to see, to taste, to touch, feel, to make etc. There is no teaching.
Development of aesthetic sense which is the basis for all art forms seems to me the most important aspect to be explored as this would equip the student to pursue any art form at any time depending on the individuals interest and opportunities that might prop up.
Rather than learning skills to sing, paint, draw etc this would make a qualitative and an attitudinal change.
Teaching is not called for but by providing an environment that would allow the natural in us to come forth.
This would require sensitivity, trust and indeed careful planning for the unplanned to happen. firstname.lastname@example.org , www.re-cognition.org