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MEET THE MASTER WITH Art1st AT TARQ, Mumbai
Art Now: Contemporary Art of Pakistan
Catching them young
Anjana Vaswani, Mumbai Mirror(Page 37)
More than just crayons
Benita Fernando, Mid Day
A is for Art
BijalVachharajani, The Hindu
Theatre, Puppetry Can Be Education Tools
IANS, The Hans India
The Art of Learning
AvantikaBhuyan, Business Standard
Learn Through Art
SonaliAcharjee, India Today
Back to the Drawing Board
Schools across Mumbai, regardless of syllabus or ownership model, have begun to take the art class seriously. From special books to new methodologies of teaching the subject, including a general unwillingness to influence the child’s imagination by teaching them how to draw, and introducing them to the masters, art’s no longer a rote subject. AT THE BMC School in Oshiwara, the guard is wary when he sees this reporter enter. Lunch is in progress, and perhaps, he’s worried we’ll write about the state of the mid- day meal ( only Pulao was being served that day — no vegetable side dish, no daal). We assured him we were there to sit in for an art class and had all the permissions in place, at which he curled up his mouth and smirked. Waving us off imperiously, he went back to duty. This attitude isn’t uncommon.Generations of students can attest to the lackadaisical manner with which art is treated in educational institutions, whether government, public or private school. Yet, change is afoot. For IIM- Kolkata graduate and art collector Ritu Khoda, art is nothing less than nutrition for the mind. Last year, she launched Art 1st, an educational programme that aims to revolutionise the way art is taught in schools.
Look Ma, Pollock is in the room!
When the boom hit the contemporary Indian art market earlier in the decade, Mumbai-based artist and collector Ritu Khoda watched sadly as speculators bought masterpieces and kept them in godowns, waiting for a time to sell. Khoda, a 1995 graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, felt that to create a lasting change in the way people interfaced with art, she had to return to the basics.
Turn the banal into brilliant
Create amazing design pieces from large quantities of found objects that most of us would chuck into the bin. It’s all about free experimentation and risk taking in art!
No artistic skills required, all workshops are conducted by professional artists.
The Art Appreciation Program makes the children aware of artists, their lives, their journey, and their world of colour. Post the incredible you workshop, Akanksha, the art curator at the museum took the children for an art walk within the museum. The children familiarized themselves with the work of great artist and their signature style. And then painted and recreated works of artists they enjoyed the most.
Children never seem to get enough room to paint big or to tell their stories. Art1st Studio brings another workshop to help them realize how incredible they truly are! They are encouraged to share their feelings about themselves- who they are, what they like, what they believe in through art. And the artist guides their thinking through a spectrum of colour, magic of paper and coolness of clay.
Child Art : Mumbai
Visual arts provide forms of non-verbal communication which strengthen the presentation of ideas and emotions and help deepen children’s learning experiences. They are taught to integrate language with their art experiences and we help them analyze their works. They learn from and are stimulated by each other’s art work and their learning is a visual representation of their experiences and conceptual development.