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Friday , May 13 , 2011
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Creativity runs riot at kids’ workshop
- Children pick up new skills at 15-day learning session

Bhubaneswar, May 12: Twelve-year-old Arnab was surprised with his own creativity when he created a wall-hanging with intricate tribal designs.

His 10-year-old friend Jydia was immersed in giving the final touches to a doll she had painted on a glass.

With almost a two-month long off from studies and classrooms, tiny artists in the city are busy enjoying their amity with colours and crafts at a children’s art workshop on at the city-based Orissa Modern Art Gallery. Kids can be seen learning new skills and exploring their creativity while having fun, at the 15-day workshop.

Moulding clay and creating beautiful pots and terracotta articles on the clay wheel with their tiny hands, the children are also making patterns on glass during the glass painting sessions. Drawing, colouring, preparing attractive paper cut-outs of figures are also some of the crafts the participants are learning at the workshop.

“I enjoyed the tribal painting session since it lets us draw figures in a very simple way which looks beautiful. I made a painting in which children are holding hands while playing. Art is fun,” said a 10-year-old Krittika, a participant. “The workshop is really enjoyable. I have made many new friends and I love drawing, painting and making crafts with their help,” said Bhabesh Pravin More, another participant.

The children are being taught 15 different arts and crafts in simple steps at the camp. “We have picked up some well-known crafts of the state like patachitra, terracotta, tribal paintings and so on. We are also training them in pottery, glass painting, wall hanging and many crafts that kids enjoy,” said artist Tarakanta Parida, the organiser of the camp. “Our resource persons make it simple and easy for kids to learn these arts and crafts,” he added.

The camp has around 25 child participants who are taught by different persons for different crafts.

“Usually, it is assumed that kids would find it difficult to create articles or crafts with dexterity. But the fact is that they are fast learners and since they show a lot of passion and interest in art-based activities, they produce some beautiful objects if given a little freedom to use their creativity,” said resource person Arun Pallur.

The workshop that began on May 1, is on at the gallery till May 15. Other resource persons involved in the camp are Madhumita Barik, Archana Jena, Arun Sahoo, Ramesh and Khageswar.

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