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Our group has collective experience of nearly 60 years of working in the arts. We have worked on various national and international trainings and skills development programs with a range of partners, from schools to organisations and governments.
We have been training both children/youth and teachers from country’s top schools and colleges. Our workshops focuses on various art forms, and discuss relevant issues with children to develop their social skills. We help the schools and organizations to use arts for children’s leadership development.
Our arts-based capacity building programs are helping non-profit organizations to work with marginalized children, youth and women. Our community-based arts integration approach empowers our audience to understand the issues and learn to speak about it through visual arts, photography, theater and puppetry.
Talk to us to explore how we can work with you to maximize the creative potential and leadership skills of our children, youth and teachers.
Marginalized Urban & Rural Children and Youth
Women and Young Girls
Teachers & Educators from Public & Private Sector
Caregivers and Psychologists
Children in Non-formal Education
Street and Speacial Children
Arts Workshop for Children
This Filmmaking Workshop is the means of making a film, while training students on the creative and technical process such as handling cameras and equipment. We work with point-and-shoot cameras in the beginning with participants, and then shoot the final projects on professional DSLR cameras so they can have complete understanding of the process. The editing of the film is done by the concepts of the students with the help of a professional editor.
We make films with children and young people, present them in our Lahore International Children’s Film Festival, tour across Pakistan with shows and promote the film to our seven international film festival partners across the world.
Thus at The Little Art we give great emphasis to theater as it allows children to become the masterpiece themselves. By adopting another role, one is free to control the created persona as they please.
We conduct theater-training workshops with school teachers and students to equip them with soft skills. We also work with schools in producing the quality theater plays with their students in the roles of direction, production management, script writing and performance organization.
We believe the visual arts as the ideal way for children to express themselves, for often when one cannot say what they are thinking they can draw it. Visual arts are the perfect creative expression tools to use to teach children about their surroundings, develop observation skills and teach them how to channelize their opinion. Due to its wide application, schools and organizations all over the world put speacial focus on using visual art in teaching and arrange various projects and competitions.
The Little Art holds workshops for teachers on using visual arts effectively, and also with students to create various arts based projects.
It creates an engaging interest among children and at the same time captures their imagination in various ways. Through its particular form and sense of humor, it entertains all, young and old alike.
The Little Art has developed a book on making puppets ad creating simple performance for children and teachers. We conduct workshops on puppetry with students to teach them making and performing puppetry, and also with teachers on using puppetry as a teaching aid in the classroom.
Photography tends to allow children to show their own perspective on a theme or idea. As seen from several different examples photos can move people to great emotional depths and are a constant reminder of the things around them.
We conduct photography workshops for children to teach them how to creatively express themselves using the simple mobile and point-and-shoot cameras. It helps to develop aesthetics among children and refine their eye for the frame, light and composition in daily life.
It is imperative that children should learn how to protect themselves while being online from any possible harm, such as cyber bullying, hacking and exposure to unwanted websites.Meantime, they should also learn how to do the useful things that helps them in education and develops their creative skills. As art has now slowly made its way on to the Internet, children interested in the arts must know how to move about online.
Through this workshop, we teach children about the safety measures they shall take while being online to save them from any illegal activity that can cause possible harm. Also, how they can send their valuable time online through active and meaningful activities.
Arts Education for Teachers
Our unique workshops for teachers deliver best training experience, while engaging them to learn a number of new arts based strategies to work with children and young people better to improve their learning skills.
The landscape of how we teach our children is changing with time. A teacher is no more the only source of knowledge and information for children. They have an increasing access of technology, which gives them exposure and means to explore information in various ways.
Creativity and imagination are the most important elements of learning. If a child is curious, he or she will be learning by himself. Once motivated by the creative energy of learning, children form their own questions and seek the answers. It promotes critical thinking and confidence among children and young people.
This workshop introduces various art forms through examples to teachers, and explains how teachers can design their own course of ideas to work with children through the arts. Which eventually helps them to be independent, self-exploring and creative in their pursuit of knowledge.
Through this workshop teachers learn to use drama for effective teaching, address the communication issues of the students and address challenges like engaging all students for equal learning. It also explains how arts can be used effectively in formal and non-formal education.
The participants play basic drama and theater games and energizers that help them to open up and share as creating such safe open space is very important for children. Teachers will be trained on doing the analysis of the games to understand children’s issues better.
Participants will be able to start arts and drama practice as teaching aid in their respective classes after this workshop.
The workshop contains interactive discussions embedded in games, where the participants not only share their experiences but also learn to replicate with students. The screening of short films (from Lahore International Children’s Film Festival) is a major part of the workshop. Teachers are trained on carry out discussion on the art form and issues presented in the films with the students.
Many curriculum connections and exercises are shared with children on promoting their interest in issues presented in films such as developing their interest in reading, getting to know the world cultures, understanding geography better, improving their language skills and creative writing.
Teachers also get a flavor of film making itself, shooting short videos during the workshop and editing it so they can also know the process of filmmaking as an art form.
Participants will be able to use film and new media content as an aid for teaching children of all age groups.
This workshop is designed to help teachers become storytellers, so they can use the skills in teaching. It engages students much better if a teacher can conduct interesting readings for them so they can enjoy it and learn happily.
In the workshop, teachers learn the following; know how to prepare for telling a story, understanding folktales, explore ways to use voice, body, and imagination with text, be able to lead students through an inquiry-based process to use storyteller’s tools and reading comprehension strategies to better comprehend a story and appreciate connections between oral/kinesthetic communication and reading comprehension strategies.
It is also important to state that arts experiences engage the hearts, bodies, and minds of students in learning that is meaningful and relevant to their lives. Brain research also supports the role of storytelling in creating lasting learning connections in students’ lives.
Participants will experience activities that encourage them to focus on the artistic qualities of design. They will also focus on specifics about each of the four areas of theatrical design. Finally, they will determine ways to break down the process to get the entire school community involved in both design and creation.
The world of technical theater is usually broken down into four main areas or elements: Scenery, Costumes, Lights, and Sound. The execution of the designs of these elements works in tandem with the cast and the production team to assist in telling the story of the musical or play. While each area has its own specific properties, demands, and strengths, it is the combination of all four areas that help bring a show to life.
After attending this workshop, teacher will; feel confident in their abilities to design and create the technical elements for a play in their schools, gain a deeper understanding of the basic design areas and experience collaboration techniques designed to assist in the creation of materials.
The four language learning skills are focused in this workshop; Speaking, Using simple games of performing arts, teachers are trained on how to get children speak in a phased manner from words to sentences, and then to narrating stories
Writing, through integrative games, teachers are trained on how to inspire children to write, and be interested in learning writing skills and creative writing
Reading, reading skills are enhanced as a part of the interactive process of speaking and writing
Listening, listening is mostly focused through dramatic approaches where teachers are required to listen and understand creative writing and respond to it
Participants of this workshop will be able to inspire children in learning language skills through interactive ways. Children will be interested to write, read, listen and speak and they will be confident to realize themselves as creative writers.
Arts for Social Development
Through our experience with organizations working in child rights and child protection, we have demonstrated that the collective sessions based on arts play a vital role to open up children, so they can share and express themselves. The process works like therapeutic sessions, where the notion of sharing transforms children and young people. They are open to express and receive ideas, which facilitate them to overcome their fears and regain confidence.
The use of theatre or drama as a process of therapy (in games, improvisation, storytelling, role play) and “products” (puppets, masks, plays/performances) helps the victims to understand their thoughts and emotions better and to eventually improve their behavior. Unlike most types of therapy which rely purely on talking (psychoanalysis was, after all, called “the talking cure”), drama therapy relies on taking action and doing things!
The challenge to take in these workshops is that the participants come from different social backgrounds; they also had experiences and histories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and might have suffered the worst traumatic experience of their lives.
Using art forms such as theatre, puppetry, drawing and painting and photography, we have worked with a number of organizations in partnerships. Some of them are following;
- Acid Survivors Foundation
- Progressive Education Network
- Doors of Awareness
- Al-Mashal Foundation
- Fountain House
- Hamza Foundation
- Rising Sun Institute for Speacial Children
- SoS Children’s Village