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- Art students’ date with Pune painter

Some senior students of Jamshedpur School of Art got a chance to match their strokes with Pune-based artist Madhuri Bhaduri on Friday.

Bhaduri held a one-day workshop at Centre for Excellence, which was attended by around 30 students of Jamshedpur School of Art, popularly referred to as JSA. The workshop, under Bhaduri’s tutelage, not only helped the students broaden their vision, but also taught them to see things in different perspective.

“What most students fail to understand is that art is restrictive, but we might see something very unusual in something very common. I asked the students to paint whatever they were seeing around them. A good artist is born when somebody innovates even in a life study. It is all about observation and imagination,” said Bhaduri, also a national-level badminton player who has been painting since her school days and has slowly developed a unique style of her own.

For the artist, who explores abstract landscapes with colours and lines and has to her credit, about 30 solo shows and 60 group exhibitions in India and abroad, the workshop was more interactive. She pointed out that visual art was not restricted to a canvas. Rather, there are ample fields where an artist could make himself or herself useful. Graphic designing, advertising are some of the areas where a canvas is not needed.

“We hardly get any chance to attend art camps and workshops that are more common in metropolitan cities. Such kind of sessions with veteran artists are important as each of them has their own distinguished style that inspires you,” said Baburam Mahto, a third-year diploma student.

For the past three years, JSA has been inviting professionals to conduct workshops so that its students have exposure to various styles of art.