Kerala Lalithakala Akademi is embarking on a mission to inculcate an interest in art among school students. The Akademi will launch art clubs in schools of the State in December in association with the Department for Education.

The clubs will be helmed by art teachers, or those found proficient in arts in those schools not having an art teacher.

Students having a keen interest in painting and photography will be made members of the clubs.

Akademi chairman K.A. Francis said art clubs have a vital role to play in developing the observational skills of students. He said by promoting an enthusiasm for arts among children, it would be possible to better their hand-eye-ear coordination. It has also been proved that such activities in children’s their formative years would aid their thought-process.

Mr. Francis said students would be encouraged to express their views on various social issues including liquor prohibition, road safety and environmental degradation in an artistic manner through poster presentations.

School and State-level competitions will be held to promote such activities. In addition, those posters selected for the State-level programmes will be displayed at exhibitions and the winners of the competitions will be presented with awards.

The contributions of budding artists would be used to design the front covers of textbooks being revised as part of the latest curriculum. Workshops will be organised by the Akademi to assist students to hone their skills for the activity. By implementation of the project, the State would become the first in the country to facilitate the participation of students in preparation of textbooks, said Mr. Francis.

He added that art festivals, christened ‘Varnolsavam’ would be organised in all schools on New Year’s Day. The support of the Parent-Teachers Association would be sought for the endeavour.