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
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[by Shamin Padamsee , illustrations Uma Krishnaswamy   ]
Teaching Warli painting - Step by step images  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.
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.
Teaching Warli painting - Step by step images  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.
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.
Teaching Warli painting - Step by step images  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.
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!
*Walri – Warli the way lil p says it.

About Shruti Acharya

Shruti is a writer, photographer, DIY lover, passionate homemaker, and the chief dreamer at ArtsyCraftsyMom.com . Shruti lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and daughter. She loves showcasing fun art activities, crafts for kids, celebrations, childrens books & all the craziness that is India.

Comments

  1. R's Mom says

    Wow! you are a rock star and so is lil’P…I should try this with R..may be after some months 🙂

  2. Swaram says

    Ha ha! Gifts? Thatz so cute 🙂
    I luvvv Warli and got a DIY recently! Remembered u so much there 🙂

  3. Obsessivemom says

    Wow.. that was wonderful. I was quite at a loss when you set folk art for kids as the theme for this month but this seems like fun. Will try it out with my daughter.

  4. Anu says

    Wonderful! I echo obsessive mom’s words too…. was wondering how on earth I could get samhith to make any folk art, but this sounds like fun… we’ll surely try it out!

  5. deepazartz says

    That’s so BEAUTIFUL!!!Gorgeous colours! Lil A loves Warli too…:))We’ve made some together:))

  6. MindfulMeanderer says

    @OM: Do try it out. Lil P had a lot of fun.
    @R’s mom: Hmmma do check out the next post on warli – coming up just for you.
    @Emreen: Thanks 🙂
    @Anu: Do try and link in ur entries before 27th
    @Knottygal: Thanks 🙂
    @Starry: Cool. then you will have lot of pics already. Link them all in.
    @Art: Awesome!!! anush is very talented. Do link in this post.
    Thanks for suggesting pratham. I just found their warli book on scribd. 🙂 and I had fogotten about the kits. will add them in a post.
    @Deepa: ahh. Lil a is really talented. do link her warli art in the artsy-craftsy-June
    @Swaram: See? now you should take part. I remember teaching warli to street kids years ago. It was such a big hit for its simplicity

  7. Anil P says

    That’s very interesting. Kids enjoy Warli, with its bright feel.

    The Warli tribals drew their daily lives, recording for posterity.

    I believe there’re tours organised to Warli villages.

  8. Arundhati says

    One of my favourite Tulika books. P’s fav and oft repeated line from the book is ‘we work at the speed of light’ 😉

    I just love Warli 🙂 Will try it with P. You are doing an awesome job getting so many of us going, thank you!!

  9. CreativeMama says

    What a Coincidene. Yesterday i saw a program in Podighai tv teaching how to do worli painting and they made a pen stand and embellished it with worli paintings.

    I have a beautiful bedspread decorated with worli paintings at home. My DD gets busy with those paintings trying to trace them with her tender fingers whenever that particular bed spread is on!

    On seeing yesterday’s program she even drew one on her own, will soon scan it and share it on my blog Adithis Amma Sews

  10. Becky says

    This is beautiful! I love all of your posts about the warli paintings:). I am passionate about teaching my kids about other cultures and will be using your activities! I love when we can link a cultural lesson with an art project, snack, children’s book, etc- it makes it much more meaningful to the kids. If you are ever interested in sharing this type of Indian cultural activities with my readers on kidworldcitizen, please let me know!!! 🙂 I am sharing on facebook.com/kidworldcitizen and pinterest.com/kidworldcitizen….

  11. najma says

    Pl’s do check Facebook page MistikArt . My dad’s published a wonderful book on warli… it’s called Master the art of warli in 22 easy steps. Price rs 350/-.

  12. Renuka says

    Hi Shruti
    I want learn Warli painting through internet.
    So I want to which material are required?
    Pl can you help me?
    Thanks

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