Handwriting is an important skill to learn. Like any other skill, it gets better only with practice. During examination time, students are taught the importance of time and stress management, but it is equally important for them to understand the need for good handwriting.
It’s no surprise that as technology has become increasingly integrated into our daily lives, the act of writing with a pen has been somewhat forgotten. However, despite the increased use of computers, the skill of handwriting remains important in our education system.
To highlight this particular aspect, HT-PACE organised a calligraphy workshop in various schools across Delhi and NCR. Participant schools included Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, The Heritage School, Vasant Kunj, Delhi Public School, Sector-45, Gurgaon, De Indian Public School, Rohini and Lilawati Vidya Mandir, Shakti Nagar.
Ajay Vasudeva, director of Creative Hands, who conducted the workshop, said handwriting is not ‘hand-writing’, it’s the brain which is writing. Because handwriting is such a complex skill, many children have difficulty mastering it. This may cause frustration and distress and affect a child’s desire to write. It may also cause anxiety for the parents and teachers who see the child struggle to put his or her ideas on paper.
The resource person in his session elaborated on how children find a range of imaginative ways to hold a pencil if they are not supported and trained in developing a tripod pencil grip. He placed colour markers on the shaft of the pencil to show where to place the thumb and index finger when a tripod grip is used.
Kavya, a Class 4 student of De Indian Public School, Rohini, said, “I have learned the basics of writing, such as the correct way to hold the pen, making basic shapes with it, and then combining these shapes into letters and numerals. The whole experience of learning this art was quite educative.
Avni Dagar, a Class 4 student of De Indian Public School, Rohini, said, “The important thing that I learnt from the workshop was that calligraphy requires consistent practice like every other valuable skill. However, it is also not that difficult to learn this art as it first appeared.”
The students had a good time learning the finer arts of calligraphy. “I thank my school for giving me the opportunity to learn calligraphy and wish that such sessions are conducted again,” said Karandeep Singh, a Class 3 student of De Indian Public School, Rohini.