Throughout the academic year of 2017-2018,some art students of grades 7 and 9 attended a series of workshops at the Museum of Art and Photography. I really enjoyed taking a trip to the center of town to learn something important that we do not always learn about in class. It was a great learning experience for all of us.
Our first workshop was on mythology,and we learned how various mythical beings were depicted in art. I realized that many things in the arts are interconnected – as an example, Raag Durga in Hindustani Classical Music has songs about the Mahishasur Mardini episode, which was one of the legends we learnt about. Similarly,my family friend who is a musician had told me about Gothic, Baroque and Impressionist periods in western classical music, and I realized it was connected to art forms also. It was amazing exposure.
Then in October,we attended the second part of the workshop,this time the theme being Politics. At that time,we were studying Civics, so it was interesting to draw parallels between what we learned in class and what we saw at the MAP
Finally, we explored the theme “Ourselves”. This time we investigated the difference between separate people,and how it was captured in art.
In each Module,we did an exercise related to the topic at the beginning.We then studied the related art work,and finally we made our own,as a takeaway from that session.
The staff was also extremely open to questions,and they were very knowledgeable in the field. Through these works hops we realized that Art is as much a medium of expression,and a language of communication about its times;as it is a subject to study.
We visited Tasveer Art Gallery, the museum of art and photography, thrice during this academic year. Each workshop was unique in its own way and revolved around a different theme. The first workshop revolved around the mythology of India; the second showcasing political concepts and the last catering to personal expression. We viewed many paintings and photographs from all these themes. Our guides were very knowledgeable and encouraged us to be inquisitive and share our opinions. I personally liked the hands-on activities such as the ”expressing India in 2030”, ”creating a mythological god” and ”creating a self portrait”, which grabbed most people’s attention. Here, we learned to work together as a team and at the same time being independent. In all honesty, we learnt about things that cannot be related to academics per se, although I found the information regarding the said subjects so interesting that I immediately wanted to learn more. I enjoyed the experience and the wide range of visual and conceptual knowledge we took away. Overall, I found the experience quite satisfactory and would recommend the school to arrange similar trips in the future for eager art lovers.
Grade 9 IG
Artworks by the students