Workshops

 
23rd 
 | 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm | StudioX, Kitab Mahal, Fort, Mumbai

PARTNER A MASTER Artist-Mentor program is an initiative of the Art1st Foundation that explores the notion of creativity as applied imagination for children in private and public schools. As an ongoing collaboration, the Mohile Parikh Center offers its expertise as the education partner for this initiative, to explore and advocate the role of art and creativity in education. This annual project entails introducing children to artist studios as spaces of imaginative learning, discovery and transformative thinking. Contemporary artists and children work together on projects through workshops that open out processes of art-making through different mediums, methods and concepts. In such an interactive environment of learning, young children are able to understand that contemporary art is part of a cultural dialogue that concerns contextual frameworks of personal and cultural identities.

This exhibition is the outcome of the art workshops that took place with thirteen children from private and public schools between August 2013 and March 2014 with emerging and established artists of India.

Artists/Mentors (Mumbai): Anpu Varkey, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Tanuja Rane, Vishaka Apte, Reena Kallat, Prajakta Potnis

The opening of the exhibition on April 23 will be accompanied by an introduction to the Partner a Master program, children’s presentations and conversations with teachers, parents, principals, artists and other stakeholders in the art education sector. The main focus will be on the learning processes/outcomes from the interactive workshops and the transformative potential of art, through the portfolio of the children.

The exhibition will be open to public viewing on April 24 and 25 from 11.00am - 6.00pm.

 
18th 
 |  | 10.30 am to 12.30 pm | Bombay International School, Mumbai

Art has a high potential to motivate children to learn. Science and Math shape the logical process in learning. The challenge is to create a playful, experiential, mediated atmosphere for learning. In this session, Prof. Rao will elaborate and share experiences from workshops done with children on the concepts of symmetry, bammetry (symmetry with Bamboo), tangram, golden proportion, visualization, narratives, and fraction games, among others and explain how an art centered ITLP can be developed with visual examples. ‘Khel se Sikshan' a workshop for elementary school teachers and ‘INNOMATH Workshop' with KVI teachers bring out the importance of energizing teachers for ITLP.

Participants will be invited to share their experiences at the end of the session to explore the possibility of ITLP in different contexts.

In collaboration with the Art1st Foundation, Mumbai.

 
5th 
 |  | 9.30 am to 3.00 pm | Studio, Art1st Foundation | Mumbai

Reena Saini Kallat in her paintings, photographs, sculptures or installations deals with the ideas of belonging, loss, identity and disappearance both in historical and contemporary contexts. She looks at the lives of ordinary citizens caught in the contradictions and complexities of political agendas and social conflicts. Much of her work is based on familiar objects, sites or people and inspired by local crafts, film, print and television media, literature, architecture, including real life experiences that move beyond the art historical context.

In this workshop, the artist will engage the participants to imagine about the concept of the ‘other’ through the metaphor of a ‘wall’, and the residents on the opposite side. The children will narrate stories about presumptions and facts of the 'other', which will be compiled into a book.

In collaboration with the Art1st Foundation, Mumbai.

 
7th 
 | 10.00 am to 1.00 pm | Delhi Art Gallery, Kalaghoda, Mumbai

The exhibition ‘Mumbai Modern|Progressive Artists’ Group 1947 – 2013’ is a comprehensive retrospective of the Progressive Artists’ Group, currently showing at the Delhi Art Gallery. The exhibition is significant as it marks one of the largest exhibitions of the Progressives ever. It also celebrates the genesis of the Progressive Artists’ Group in Bombay in 1947 and their continuing link with the city, particularly since it was formed in the very year of India’s independence. Being an important part of the history of modernism that sought an internationalism of spirit and practice, the Progressives charted artistic paths that combined local subject-matter with European styles, ranging from cubism, impressionism, and expressionism to pure abstraction. As an introduction to Indian art history, this walkthrough and discussion will be led by Amrita Gupta Singh and Tehezeeb Moitra, delineating how to understand form, content and style of the artworks in the exhibition while keeping the context of the city and aesthetic exchanges with world art.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
7th 
 |  | 10.00 am to 3.30 pm | Studio, Art1st Foundation | New Delhi

The sense of history plays a significant role in the socio-cultural life where art is perceived and defined in multiple ways. Trained as an art historian and critic, Anita Dube realized her inclinations for art-making and her oeuvre include paintings, installation, and performance. Equipped with a thorough art historical knowledge, Anita Dube will engage the students by introducing them the nuances and developments in art practices throughout the ages. Creating awareness about the constant influences of historical events upon art practice through the Indian chapter and later the international scenario is the prime objective of the sessions. These perspectives will be shared through drawing, painting, and clay modeling activities under the supervision of the artist.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
30th 
 |  | 11.00 am-1.00 pm | Ascend International School | Mumbai

Louise Conway and Ellie Cross will present their experience with visual thinking strategies which is a powerful tool for inquiry based discussion for educators to use with both images and in other academic areas. The presentation will begin with a live demonstration of VTS method and then launch into the background surrounding the developments of VTS, including the history and research. The facilitators will also discuss the applications of VTS in both the classroom and art room settings and participants will have the opportunity to practice leading their own VTS sessions in this interactive demonstration.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
23rd 
 |  | 10.30 am to 3.30 pm | Studio, Art1st Foundation | Delhi

Asim Waqif’s art-practice attempts a crossover between architecture, art, and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban-design and the politics of occupying, intervening or using public spaces. The artist’s concerns of ecology and anthropology evident in his works arise from an extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, especially with respect to water, waste, and architecture. The artist will share his creative process and engage the participants to enhance their socio-cultural awareness through art practice.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
17th 
 |  | 10.30 am to 3.30 pm | Studio, Art1st Foundation | Mumbai

Tanuja Rane’s work investigates the relation between nature and humans through a representation of emotions that impact our lives. Through small-scale prints that play with positive and negative spaces, lines and textures, the artist draws imagery from everyday life. Images of fish, cats, dragonflies, flowers and robots occupy compositions that are sometimes split between three plates or embossed lines contour negative spaces. Having specialized in the etching technique, the artist will share her artistic expressions with the participants while enabling them to apprehend the techniques of printmaking.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
16th 
 |  | 11.00 am to 12.30 pm | Harmony Montessori School | Mumbai

You don't have to be an expert to talk to children about Art! By discussing artworks with young children, we make them realize that their thoughts, feelings and opinion about artworks matter. This presentation looks at exposing children to artworks encompassing different cultures and styles. With access to artworks at an early age, children can experience images, explore cultures and develop skills to interpret visual language. We will discuss the importance of exposure to art for children at an early age, and address how we can provide more meaningful and quality experiences for children as they explore these works.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
20th 
 |  | 10.30 am to 3.30 pm | Studio, Art1st Foundation | Mumbai

The inadequacies of bound spaces are etched in the works of Vishakha Apte. The banal experience of urban citizens and their craving for space is represented through inanimate scattered objects inside a room supplemented with human presence. Parts of human body instill the tension and intimacy suggesting invisible layers of human emotions. The intermittently appearing image of feet in her work, symbolize the notion of proximal connection with earth and human existence. The hidden third dimension or the way in which one has to etch out or excavate the zinc plate, as if removing the superficial unnecessary layers to reach the core of the matter or basic visual essentials of the concept, finds a decade long fondness to the medium of etching for Vishakha. The technique of collo-graphy would be introduced to the participants, which is a newly found interest of the artist to produce a layered surface.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
6th 
 |  | 10.30 am to 4.30 pm | Studio, Art1st Foundation | Mumbai

Tanuja Rane’s work investigates the relation between nature and humans through a representation of emotions that impact our lives. Through small-scale prints that play with positive and negative spaces, lines and textures, the artist draws imagery from everyday life. Images of fish, cats, dragonflies, flowers and robots occupy compositions that are sometimes split between three plates or embossed lines contour negative spaces. Having specialized in the etching technique, the artist will share her artistic expressions with the participants while enabling them to apprehend the techniques of printmaking.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
5th 
 |  | 10.30 am to 4.30 pm | Studio, Art1st Foundation | Delhi

The interconnectedness of life and art weave in the work of the artist Manisha Parekh, through emotions, memories and associations. Drawing from music, television, videos and poetry, she derives pleasure in detailed rendering of forms through a deep understanding of our cultural heritage and contemporary ideas. In a minimalist approach, fluid rhythmic forms and textural layers explore density, opacity and transparency to animate the surfaces of her work.In the workshop, the artist will engage with music and sound to draw out visual associations. Exploring audio-visual sensibilities, the activity will involve participants to listen to music and connect with emotions that would result into a thought image to be transferred on paper.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
1st 
 |  | 10.00 am to 3.00 pm | Studio, Art1st Foundation | Mumbai

Shakuntala Kulkarni intends to address the notion of space that influences our lifestyle, especially the ones instilled due to certain uneasiness resulting out of social interactions. We continuously deal with both public and private spaces with experiences of comfort and discomfort, through the negotiation of the human body in space.The workshop focuses upon exploring these notions which the children confront in their everyday life. The exercise is to find artistic mediations to express their concepts of security, trap, violation and protection. In order to realize these expressively into tangible materials, the children will experiment and appropriate their ideas of discomfort by creating three-dimensional objects-sculptures that would metaphorically re-claim their zones of safety and freedom in the city.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

24th 
 |  | Studio, Art1st Foundation | New Delhi

With a keen concern for agrarian lifestyles and its accompanying cultures in the hinterlands of India, the art practice of Shambhavi Singh initiates an inquiry into her memoirs of childhood and also critiques the apathy towards farming communities. The artist with her new body of work will share insights of her multi-media works symbolizing her ode to the life of farmers. Being the central theme of her practice, the participants will be engaged in thinking of their perceptions of natural habitats and farming practices. The emphasis is upon creating artistic memories through recording the life of the farmer on camera, to creating a small installation piece or a painting by the children showcasing positions the young minds take towards the vernacular cultures and the ecology.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
15th 
 |  | Studio, Art1st Foundation | Mumbai

As an introduction to direct interventions in public spaces, this workshop explores the processes and methods of street art in a studio space, through the mode of self portraiture. Self portraiture is widely used in social media networks and it is fascinating to see how youngsters today represent themselves. Existing photographic images will be morphed with an open source software to create a final image which best describes the identity of the participant. Stencils of the portraits will be made and sprayed with colours on paper and the walls of the studio, culminating in murals which reflect the scale and spontaneity of street art imagery. Anpu Varkey emphasizes upon a hands-on experience of mural painting, stenciling, using colour sprays, digital media and other techniques, along with contemporary modes of street art practice by artists globally.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

27th 
 |  | 9.00am to 6.00pm | KHOJ International Artists' Association, Khirki Village, New Delhi

OPEN MINDS is an exchange platform initiated in 2012 by the Art1st Foundation for art teachers and educators from the field of visual arts and arts integrated streams. Under this initiative, the art seminar and research project in 2013 has been conceived to expand the essence and meaning of open minds in collaboration with the Mohile Parikh Center. A crucial need is to generate awareness about what art learning can offer in terms of transformative thinking. To understand aesthetics, re-imagining our traditions and explore the possibilities of contemporary art means being open to innovation in the classroom and increasing our understanding of the mind and intelligence.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai and KHOJ, Delhi

 
26th 
 |  | 11.00am to 6.00pm | Gallery Art Motif, Lado Sarai, New Delhi

PARTNER A MASTER Artist-Mentor program is an initiative that explores the notion of creativity as applied imagination for children in private and public schools. Conceived as an annual project by the Art1st Foundation and the Mohile Parikh Center in Mumbai and Delhi, this entails introducing children to artist studios as spaces of imaginative learning, discovery and transformative thinking. Employing art as a pedagogical tool, this initiative emphasizes on visual literacy, collective learning and the role of the arts in cognitive processes and creative competencies. Contemporary artists and children work together on projects through workshops that open out processes of art-making through different mediums, methods and concepts. In such an interactive environment of learning, young children are able to understand that contemporary art is part of a cultural dialogue that concerns larger contextual frameworks such as personal and cultural identity, family, community, and nationality.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

15th 
 |  | 9.00am to 6.00pm | StudioX,Kitab Mahal, Fort, Mumbai

OPEN MINDS is an exchange platform initiated in 2012 by the Art1st Foundation for art teachers and educators from the field of visual arts and arts integrated streams. Under this initiative, the art seminar and research project in 2013 has been conceived to expand the essence and meaning of open minds in collaboration with the Mohile Parikh Center. A crucial need is to generate awareness about what art learning can offer in terms of transformative thinking. To understand aesthetics, re-imagining our traditions and explore the possibilities of contemporary art means being open to innovation in the classroom and increasing our understanding of the mind and intelligence.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation, Mumbai

 
14th 
 |  | 10.30am to 6.00pm | Premchand Roychand Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

PARTNER A MASTER Artist-Mentor program is an initiative that explores the notion of creativity as applied imagination for children in private and public schools. Conceived as an annual project by the Art1st Foundation and the Mohile Parikh Center in Mumbai and Delhi, this entails introducing children to artist studios as spaces of imaginative learning, discovery and transformative thinking. Employing art as a pedagogical tool, this initiative emphasizes on visual literacy, collective learning and the role of the arts in cognitive processes and creative competencies. Contemporary artists and children work together on projects through workshops that open out processes of art-making through different mediums, methods and concepts. In such an interactive environment of learning, young children are able to understand that contemporary art is part of a cultural dialogue that concerns larger contextual frameworks such as personal and cultural identity, family, community, and nationality.

In collaboration with Art1st Foundation and CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

 
1st 
 |  | 10.00am to 2.00pm | Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumabi

A heritage walk at one of the most important Buddhist cave groups of India at Kanheri which has preserved the achievements of past human life of a period more than a millennium! Kanheri houses one of the biggest cave groups with more than 120 caves in its whole complex located well within the forest of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The visit attempts to create awareness about the ancient habitats, their significance and their role and connection with other caves of Mumbai. The experience would enhance the understanding of evolution of Buddhism and allied architecture and also the sense of literary evidence of trade and royal patronage through the epigraphs at the site. Participating NGOs: Acorn India Foundation, Smile, Vacha Trust, CORP.

 
17th 
 |  | 9.00 am to 4.00 pm | Saguna Baug, Neral

A day of exploration of nature and its bio-diversity in the country side! This visit is organized for the children to Saguna Baug where the innovative concept of agricultural entrepreneurship is practiced. The children will be intimately introduced to diverse flora and fauna of the neighborhood, along with nature walks, domestic gardening methods and care taking. The initiative aims to avail the children a better awareness of our nature and its biological diversity.
Age group of participants: 12-16 years | Participating NGOs: Vacha Trust, Smile Organization, Salaam Balak Trust, Dreamz Home

 
16th 
 | 1:30pm | Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

Mummy -The Inside Story is an ongoing exhibition unraveling the mystery of the Egyptian mummy at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai. This walk-through for children and teachers will introduce and enable to experience the cultural intricacies and religious practices of ancient Egypt through the various artifacts on display at the temporary exhibition.

Participating NGO: Doorstep School

 
26th 
 | 8.30 am - 4.30 pm | Conservation Education Center | Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai

This workshop aims to sensitize teachers towards our bio-diversity in the urban context, which will be applicable to their teaching skills in the classroom environment. The activities include an introduction to Environment Education (EE)| Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) along with a trail on EE. This would be accompanied by brainstorming approaches to EE and ESD, a visit to the butterfly garden, the kitchen garden and composting pit along with the screening of a documentary.

Participating NGOs: CORP, Doorstep School, Kotak Education Foundation, Mumbai Mobile Crèche & Vidya

 
16th 
 | 1:30pm | Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

MUMMY -THE INSIDE STORY” is an ongoing exhibition unraveling the mystery of the Egyptian mummy at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai. This walk-through for children and teachers will introduce and enable to experience the cultural intricacies and religious practices of ancient Egypt through the various artifacts on display at the temporary exhibition.

Participating NGO: Doorstep School

 
13th 
 |  | 10.30 am - 5.30 pm | Nalanda Center,Times Foundation, Fort, Mumbai

This one day workshop will be a day of exploration for primary school teachers teaching in NGOs. The focus of the workshop is to build confidence amongst the teachers, enabling them to find solutions to various academic challenges of classroom management. The educationist Rajiv Tambe will assist the teachers to clarify, revise and assess concepts regarding Languages, Mathematics and Science all through fun experiments, games and exercises based upon zero cost games. Participating NGOs: CORP, Doorstep, Kotak Foundation and Vidya