Quote by Andre Gide



For the love of Drawing

The boy who drew cats is a story of Akiro, a young Japanese boy, who drew only cats… Cats, cats and more cats! No matter what he was asked to do, all he did was draw cats everywhere. All he wanted was to draw a “Perfect Cat”.

And this artistic tendency led to an adventure, an adventure that would change his life. Based on a legend about a fifteenth-century Japanese artist, an unusual rags-to-riches tale about a bright and obedient child, obsessed with drawing cats. Whose master (a priest) commands him to seek his place in the world as an artist; the boy wanders to an empty temple where he quickly again begins new cat paintings……… what happens next is unfathomable…… Do you think he made his “Perfect cat”?

Find out by going on an inspiring journey to Japan in this folktale retold by Anushka Ravishankar with breath taking illustrations in the Japanese style by Christine Kastl in water colours and ink.

Where there is a dream hope can grow…

Can an idea turn rain into sunshine?

Can a dream make plants grow?

 The Tin Forest written by Helen Ward and beautifully illustrated by Wayne Anderson.

Is a story about a lonely man who lived in the middle of a junk yard, but always dreamt of a beautiful place full of lush green plants.

One day an old lamp in the garbage reminded him of a flower, so he begins to build a forest from the garbage. He even builds animals and birds.

A bird comes to visit one day, but leaves, and the man, so lonely, makes a wish.

What is the wish?

Will the bird come back?

Will his tin forest become a real forest?

Find out in this magical book.

The rich, detailed illustrations and lyrical text of The Tin Forest carry an important message of imagination and hope.


Truly a Magical Garden:)

Laurence Anholt, author of “The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, is a british writer and illustrator. This story is about a young girl Julie that lives in Paris, but always seeks country life. Her mother takes her to Giverny, Claude Monet’s house and gardens, where she befriends Claude Monet himself. This book gives students the opportunity to gain perspective on this famous place. It gives children the opportunity to travel to a place far away that they may not otherwise ever experience. They are also able to learn about Claude Monet’s paintings as well as view them throughout the story.

Anholt does a magnificent job weaving Monet’s painting into the story and illustrations. The use of color in the illustration is quite eye-catching too!

This book is intended for all children. In addition to offering children a look at Giverny in Paris, they are able to study Monet’s art. They are also able to learn more about Monet from the short biography at the back of the book.

It is a must for all the little creative beings 🙂

Artist Mentor: Mona Rai, Day 4

The last and final session with Mona Rai began at 3 pm on 27th November.

All the participants reached on time and continued their work, which they were doing in the previous session.


Our mentor kept a close eye on each one of them, and the moment a few said they were done!!!! Mona asked them to work over again and try to deform the image.

On sensing a subtle reluctance, in doing so, by the participants, our Mentor indulged the participants in a discussion on, having the urge to work on issues.

A thought-provoking discussion that  began with addressing the major difference between an advertising poster and a painting. The discussion continued for nearly half an hour, that left the participants thinking.


We are sure that the participants and the Mentor Mona Rai enjoyed the experience…..