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Terracotta to fire up the artist in you

Parents in Jamshedpur can try learning art while their children camp in their summer break.

Acharya Nandalal Bose Art Gallery at Bengal Club in Sakchi is all set to host a four-day terracotta workshop for grown-ups from May 21.

Those with a knack for art can try their hand at making terracotta models under expert guidance.

The rookies will receive tips on the right mix of soil, use of chemicals, shaping items and firing them. Potter and terracotta artist Ruchi Bansal and sculptor Shubhendu Biswas will be resource persons at the workshop.

“Anyone who wants to try their hand at giving shape to clay is welcome to join this camp. We are mostly encouraging adults, but youngsters may join too. There is no membership fee. We may just charge for the materials. This will be a new experience for steel city residents,” said Biswas, who is also the co-ordinator of the art gallery.

The mentor further said that an art camp would be organised alongside the terracotta workshop. The annual camp will see participation of nearly 40 artists from surrounding areas. The exercise is aimed at promoting art in the city, Biswas said.

“There are no full-time artists in Jamshedpur. Everybody is a freelancer. Those who have taken it as a profession have migrated to Calcutta or Mumbai. So, it is important to organise art camps to promote the culture of art here. Such camps build a connection between the artist and the visitor and motivate both,” he added.

In another similar initiative, The Tata Steel Zoological Park is also organising a three-day camp in association with Off The Wall Art Gallery and Art Kingdom institute.

The camp, which will be held at the zoo’s Nature Education Centre from May 20, will be a part of the AICHI Target 1 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity Conservation.

“During the event, experienced mentors from Art Kingdom will conduct workshops to help children improve their skills,” said Seema Rani, education officer-cum-biologist at Tata zoo.

The camp, which will have Island Diversity as its theme, will focus on the need to protect islands and their ecologically rich coasts.

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