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Integration Of Art In Studies

The first day I entered my Design class, my professor wrote me off as a hopeless case as I was a science student! 

That a science student cannot be a good artist and a designer was somehow etched in her mind.. However, as the class progressed, she had to agree that this science student was definitely an artist too!! 

And in a few days time she had to completely change her mind about science students not being able to create art! Now even experts agree that Design is ‘Science’ integrated with ‘Arts’.

My father, himself a science professor, was an artist at heart! His elder brother, my Jethu, was a commercial artist and a great one at that. He used to send us postcards with his pen and ink drawings on the front side with a small note on the reverse. I used to collect and copy his artwork as a little girl.

Our father was very strict about our science diagrams in school and in college both. He taught us the ‘art of observation’ at a very young age. He was a stickler for minute details and we got scolded for not being able to draw a perfect diagram at times. I also learnt to draw small sketches for every subject and topic.

When we were young, our books were not quite illustrated! I still have nightmares involving the thick History book with small fonts and no pictures at all! Children nowadays are so lucky to have all text books illustrated with sketches and artwork! But I was lucky to have a scientist father who was an artist at heart to teach me the art of observation and eye for detail. When the world was oblivious to mind-mapping, he taught us to map and chart out topics for better remembrance. So armed with this ‘power’ of observation, I entered my design college after my Postgraduation in Life Sciences.

Power of Observation is a skill that all children need to learn. Art integrated learning makes any subject interesting and enjoyable. It also enhances the power of observation in a child.

Now there are two basic kinds of arts, the visual arts and the performing arts. Visual art is that art which we can see- like sketches, paintings, photography and sculpture. Performing arts are music, dance, drama and other arts involving kinaesthetic activities. Integrating creative arts to mundane subjects make them more interesting and the students are able to retain the information better. Also, it is now known that our brain retains colourful and interesting information. Visual stimuli activates the brain’s ability to retain and process information in a better manner. So, here we get the concept of whole brain thinking! And it has now been proven that individuals practicing whole brain thinking are more successful in life.

The Government’s initiative to incorporate ‘Art Integrated Learning’ in schools is a commendable one. However, an issue commonly brought is that “not all teachers are artists,” meaning that there aren’t enough teachers capable of doing art to teach in every classroom. But here we would like to state that whether or not a teacher can do these things is irrelevant. The aim here is not to create master artists, but rather teach basic arts skills, processes, and aesthetic quality, and encourage creative teaching techniques.

The skills of art integrated teaching are simple and easy to learn and teach. We believe that these methods will be infinitely useful to creating interesting lesson plans and once put in practice will be enjoyed by both the teacher and the student. Once an arts-integrated environment is established, techniques, examples, and information can be shared and used.

As a Design Teacher and Mentor I have been consciously and sub-consciously using Art Integrated learning for my students from when I started to teach. I remember a batch of students whom I was coaching for Design Entrance exams. The whole bunch of students were scared of mathematics!! So I started them with copies a book which had lots of illustrations on the sides. I asked them to first colour the cartoons illustrated on the sides and then start reading the chapter. I am pleased to inform you that all of them picked speed in solving complex mathematical problems thereafter. They had learnt to integrate creativity into the subject of mathematics which they found mundane otherwise!

I also see many teachers of subjects like Marketing and Finance, encourage story and graphic techniques to the learning process. My son, studying Economics, once made a storyboard for one of his college topics using a drawing software and created a very creative presentation alongwith his team and I was very impressed by the way they were learning! They really made use of lots of interesting graphics to understand Economics and Finance!

So dear teachers, parents, guardians and our dear students, the era of Arts Integrated Learning is here to stay! Do try out Visual and performing arts techniques to teach and learn any subject from now onwards. Engage the students creatively for all subjects. A reminder again, the aim here is not to create master artists, but rather teach and learn basic arts skills, processes, and aesthetic quality for better retention of information and cognitive learning. It is learning with Fun.

Thank you for reading my take on the subject of ‘Art Integrated Learning’. I will be back soon with more on the subject.

Dr Anindita Roy,
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Art Therapy To Combat Stress And Relax yourself

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Stress is one of the world’s largest health problems, leading to exhaustion, burnout, anxiety, a weak immune system, or even organ damage. During this stressful times of COVID-19, instances of stress have increased manifold and psychologists are busier than ever before.

Cortisol, also known as ‘the stress hormone’ is a biological indicator to measure changes in stress response in patients and also their caregivers.

Studying art making’ activities, with cortisol as a “Biomarker” , has been effectively used to measure stress levels in the body. Cortisol can be  measured through saliva samples; the higher a person’s cortisol level, the more stressed a person is likely to be. (Reference: )

Studies have also shown that meditation can help control cortisol levels . Focusing on ‘one experience’ e.g ‘making art’, happening in the ‘present moment’ or ‘mindfulness’ can help you relax and improve creativity & cardiovascular health.

So we can say that ‘making art’ can be used as a meditative technique to relieve stress and lower cortisol levels and keep us anchored.

Research has also shown that increased cortisol levels give rise to complications such as Blood pressure, type2 diabetes, osteoporosis, weight gain, impaired brain functions and also lowered immunity so that the body caught infections readily.

Now, every individual is creative and can be expressive in the visual arts. Doing art of any kind  allows you to put into perspective things that are bothering you.

Academic stress in young college students and high school students needs to be dealt with and I think that creative arts can help. Younger persons are developmentally still raw and are still figuring out ways to deal with stress and challenges. Including creative art making techniques have helped many young people to effectively deal with stress.

The skill level of ‘making art’ does not matter. Here we are not aiming at making high grade artists . The idea here is to engage in ‘visual art making’ using easy techniques.

Some easy creative activities that help relieve stress are :

·         Abstract art with pencils, colour pencils or paint
·         Doodling with markers
·         Making structured or unstructured collages
·         Making Posters, cards, postcards
·         Clay modelling
·         Write with colours
·         Keeping a scrap book.

Playing a soft and  soothing music while ‘making visual art’ adds to the benefits manifold. Online support groups , in these critical times of COVID-19 can help boost and motivate you to engage in therapeutic art making activities. Making ‘Mindful Art’ can help you to achieve what psychologists refer to as flow which leads to improved performance and lowered stress levels. Start your journey to live a stress free life by creating a ‘dream journal’, ‘gratitude journal’ or just a daily ‘art journal’. 

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• There will be ONE question paper of total 3 hours duration.

• The question paper will be in English.

• The question paper will carry a total of 300 marks.

• The question paper will consist of two parts: Part-A and Part-B. It is compulsory to attempt

questions from both the parts.

Details from both the parts are given below:

Part-A (Total marks: 240 marks; Maximum time: 2 hours 30 mins)

• Part-A of the question paper will be administered through a computer based test.

• Part-A of the question paper will consist of 3 sections.

Section 1: NAT (Numerical Answer Type): 18 questions (4 marks for correct answer ; no negative

marks). For these questions, the answer is a number that needs to be entered using a virtual

keyboard in the computer screen. No choices will be shown for these questions.

Section 2: MSQ (Multiple Select Question): 18 questions (4 marks each only if all correct answers are

entered; 0.19 negative marks for any incorrect answer). Each MSQ has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices.

Section 3: MCQ (Multiple Choice Question): 32 questions (3 marks each for the correct answer; 0.71

negative marks for incorrect answers). Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one is the

correct answer.

Part-B (Total marks: 60 marks; Maximum time: 30 mins)

• Part-B consists of one question that is aimed at testing the candidate’s drawing skills which will

require subjective evaluation. The question in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and

the answer has to be written/drawn in the answer book provided by the invigilator only. In case of

PwD candidates availing the use of a scribe, assistance in attempting Part-B is not permitted, due to

the nature of the question and evaluation of a candidate’s drawing skill.

• Part-B answer booklets will be collected at the end of the examination.

• Part-B question is mandatory.

• The entire paper (both Part-A and Part-B) must be finished within stipulated time






NID Exam Syllabus 2021

NID Entrance Exam syllabus consists of questions from the following topics:

The written examination is followed by studio test and personal interview. The examination doesn't follow any prescribed syllabus and the question are included from the following area:
  • Visual Design
  • Thematic Color Arrangement
  • Subjects of Design
  • Sensitivity to Environment
  • Memory Drawing
  • Knowledge of Proportions and Perspective
  • General Mental Ability
  • Drawing Skills
  • Creativity
  • Composition
  • Communication Skills
  • Animation
  • Abstract Symbolism
NID Exam Pattern

NID Entrance Exam consists of three aptitude test of 60 marks each made to evaluates the candidate's aptitude and creativity along with innovative and critical analyzing power of the applicant. NID test areas include:

  1. Worldview
  2. Mental Ability
  3. Drawing
  4. Creativity
  5. Communication Skills
NID Exam Eligibility

The eligibility for NID exam is-

Educational Qualification

Students securing at least 50% marks in aggregate at 10+2 level or its equivalent in any stream from a recognized board can apply for the examination.

Candidate who are studying in the qualifying class can also apply for the exam, but at the time of admission, they must provide the eligibility proof.

Age Limit

Aspiring candidate should not be less than 17 years of age.

NID Exam Information

National Institute of Design is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design.

It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

National Institute of Design Entrance Exam is conducted on National level for admission to:

4 years Undergraduate & Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) and
2 years 6 months Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD)
In internationally acclaimed National Institute of Design (NID) having its campuses at:

Ahmedabad (Main Campus)
Gandhinagar ( PG Campus) and
Bengaluru( R&D Campus)

Other Campuses are at : Kurukshetra, Vijaywada, Jorhat, Bhopal

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NATA  Changes In Syllabus: 

The major change in NATA  is the inclusion of Physics and Chemistry in the syllabus. Most of the syllabus however remains unchanged.

Another change is in the drawing section pattern;  there will be 3 questions; 2 of 35 marks each and one of 55 marks; so total marks 125.

More time has also been allotted to drawing i.e instead of the 90 mins given in 2018-2019, candidates will now have 135 mins ( 2hours and 15 mins)for the drawing part.

Below is the breakup of the new pattern and syllabus:

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Drawing Test

Candidate has to attempt three questions within 135 minutes. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -
 Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner;
 Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings;
 Sense of perspective drawing;
 Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form;
 Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms;
 Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition;
 Understanding of scale and proportions;
 Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by more than one examiner independently and the marks will be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section will be on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion and perspective will also be evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

Test on PCM and General Aptitude
There shall be 50 questions for which four options will be given. Out of the four options, only one option is correct and the correct response will yield 1.5 marks. There is no negative marking.

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Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract. Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objects. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Perspective drawing, Sketching of urban scape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.
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Electrostatics- Electric charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential and Clearance
Current Electricity: Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism; Moving Charges and magnetism; Magnetism and Matter
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents- Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current
Optics- Ray optics and optical instruments, Wave Optics
Dual nature of radiation and Matter
Atoms and Nuclei- Atoms, Nuclei
Electronic devices- Semiconductor Electronics, Materials, Devices and Simple circuits

CHEMISTRY  Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Chemical Bonding and Molecular; States of Matter: Gases and Liquids Chemical Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; s- Block Elements p -Block Elements Organic Chemistry: Some basic Principles and Techniques; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry

MATHEMATICS (Algebra, Matrices, Trigonometry, Calculus, Co-ordinate geometry, Permutation & Combination, Statistics and Probability)
GENERAL APTITUDE Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.
Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.
Sets and Relations: Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan's Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.

Qualifying marks for NATA-2020 would be based on the following rules:

1. A minimum of 32 marks out of 125 marks must be secured in Part A (approximately 25%)
2. A minimum of 18 marks out of 75 marks must be secured in Part B (approximately25% )
3. Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of
the Council.
A Candidate will not qualify in NATA-2020 unless he/ she satisfies all three conditions mentioned above.

Validity of NATA-2020 score:
 NATA-2020score shall be valid only for admission in the session 2020-2021.

Procedures to be followed in the Examination

1. The candidates will have to follow the time schedule as follows:
(a) Report to the Examination Center by 8.00 am
(b) Opening gate to the examination hall at 8.30 am
(c) Registration of candidate to be completed by 9.45 am
(d) Closing gate to the examination hall at 9.45 am
(e) Commencement of examination at 10.00 am
(f) Duration of examination: 10.00 am to 01.15 pm
No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination hall after commencement of examination, i.e.
after 10.00 am

2. Candidates must bring with them:
i. Downloaded Admit Card of NATA.
ii. Original Proof of Identity- Aadhar/ Passport/ Driving License/ Voter ID.
iii. Pen, pencils, eraser, color pencils (No water/oil color or crayon). Instruments of any kind including scale are not permitted.
iv. Candidates may bring with them a cardboard or a clip board on which nothing should be written, so that they have no difficulty in taking the drawing test even if the tables provided in the examination room/hall do have smooth surface.

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