Warli Art form is the easist for little kids to start learning about India’s Folk art . Every kid can easily relate to the simple geometrical figures that a Warli drawing is comprised of. It’s also a great way to teach them about common shapes – lines, dots, triangles & circles.
The easiest way to introduce this art I though would be to show Lil P some books. I chanced upon this lovely book by Tulika
Dancing on walls
[by Shamin Padamsee , illustrations Uma Krishnaswamy ]
With its vibrant colors and simple Warli art, it caught Lil p’s attention. Which little girl wouldn’t be mesmerized by the story of a girl who finds mystical moon characters that create magic.
At the end of the story I asked Lil P if she wanted to paint the silver beings like Shivri ( the lil girl from the book) and i heard a big YES.
mamma lets paint walri* … and so we did.
Here is how I taught her to draw her own warli figure.
Start off with a simple X , then join the edges and add the neck, head and finally hands and legs. You can leave it as is or color it in. Both look equally good. Once you master the basic image, you can repeat the same to create more intricate Warli patterns.
We had a lot of fun making funny stick figures. Some had long hair, some wore a hat.. Some were dancing, some watching. Mumma why are boys wearing a skirt?? I think in walri everyone is happy so they are all wearing dancing dress. We drew a cat.. haha. mumma this looks like a walri tiger .. he is so big.
Have a look at my nearly 4 year old’s Warli artwork 🙂
The only problem was that once she had her figures ready, she wanted them to magically get her lots n lots of gifts just like in the book. Now that’s a story for another day. See Ya!