| Students give shape to clay figures at the workshop in Patna on Sunday. Pictures by Jai Prakash |
Priteesh got his hands dirty on Sunday making a clay figure of Lord Ganesh.
He would, however, not be scolded at home because the Class X student of Don Bosco Academy was attending a workshop on fine arts.
Organised by Pahal School of Fine Arts, Kala Yatra, 2013, was hosted at Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir.
Like Priteesh, a number of students from other schools in city, took part in the two- day workshop that ended on Sunday.
To make the workshop interactive, instructors were invited from design schools and art colleges.
On Sunday, the participants at the workshop learnt about clay modelling from architect and animator Ruchi Singhal, who is also a trainer at Pune-based animation institute DSK Superinfocom.
Advising the students, she said: “Before making any sculpture or art piece, be careful about the amount of water you mix in your material. Also, you must be very gentle with your work to mould it into exact shape and size you want.”
The organisers provided the material that the participants used to express their creativity on Sunday. They were also taught about designing and texturing.
“Such events are very important for us as they not only help us learn new things but also explore our unknown creative side,” said Priteesh.
For another budding artist, Nimisha, it was the first time she had explored any art form. The results delighted her.
Describing how she spent the weekend exploring her creative side, the student of Krishna Niketan said: “I have made a contemporary piece depicting the modernisation of Patna. It was great fun.”
Organiser Vishal said: “The aim of the workshop is to get students of different schools together and explore their skills to innovate. Some of them have created amazing works today (Sunday).”
Different traditions and styles of art were discussed and explored.
After the workshop, the best models, along with paintings and posters, would be exhibited at the art gallery of Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir.
“The only way to encourage students to take up an art form is to praise them. At the end of this workshop, we shall select the best pieces of art for an exhibition,” said Vishal.
All the participants were given certificates.