ART WEEK AT KNMA - Jai Zharotia
Aspiring to make the museum an active and interactive space, KNMA constantly attempts to initiate newer programs. With the idea of involving children in their formative years, KNMA organized art workshops for kids in the age group of 6 to 12 years. The ART WEEK included four workshops that provided children with a fun learning environment where they learned to use material in different ways and present their ideas through their art pieces.
Session I: ART AS EXPLORATION
29th May 2012
Responding to a particular section of artworks on display in the Museum, children used their observations as inspiration to construct collages with a variety of materials. Jai Zharotia, the veteran artist demonstrated his ideas and techniques for collage making. The artist along with the KNMA team guided the children in creating their works.
Session II: ART AS COLLABORATION
30th May 2012
The workshop required the children to work in groups using the collage making skills that they had learnt on the first day. Each group was given a canvas with drawings made by artist Jai Zharotia to work on. The idea was to help them use the skills learned and to work in a group to collaborate ideas & sensibilities towards making a single work. The kids learned about constructing images and forms with bits and pieces through play and sharing.
Session III: ART AS NARRATION
31st May 2012
Children have a different way of looking at things and reading meanings into it. The workshop aimed at encouraging children to spin stories around the works displayed, using art to break formal boundaries and have fun with inventing new ways to communicate. The children were allowed to choose from a number of topics given to them or on around the displayed art works. It was an interesting experience as children came up with some original stories on art works around them. The workshop ended with children narrating their stories to the rest of the group.
Session IV: ART AS TRANSFORMATION
1st June 2012
The workshop aimed at reinterpreting the ordinary and everyday into something quirky and new. Children learned about creativity, the magical power of human touch and how an ordinary object that they own, like or have found can be transformed into an art object. The result was a riot of colors and some fun objects that the kids created.