A Journey through Visual History of Indian Modern Art: Day 3 for Mumbai Progressive Artist, Ram Kumar

Day 3 was held at Gallery 7 where all the children went to see the exhibition of Ram Kumar, a Bombay Progressives artist.

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The show started with Mr. Prayag Shukla, art critic & poet, introducing the artist and his life. He also led the discussion about the interpretations of art and its meaning(s).“Apni masti mein chalta hai artist, it doesn’t matter whether we paint or not, but we become an artist when we see a work of art. We become an artist because we start adding and subtracting from the work; we see what is there but we also see what is not there.” The kids learnt that every piece of art always has more than one meaning and should always be open to interpretation.

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DSC_0341  Mr. Prayag Shukla reciting “Dhamak Dhamak”, his poem for children.

The children then went on to create spontaneous works where they explored the beauty of lines and color, inspired by the creations of Ram Kumar.

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This piece is written by Rehaan Kaul, a student intern for Art1st.

A Journey through Visual History of Indian Modern Art: Day 2- Art History Timeline

Day 2 kicked off to a start by a small exercise to calm everybody down. This was followed by a short exercise where everyone went around the gallery and filled in the timeline they were provided

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After this concluded, the children moved on to describing their favorite artwork and what it meant to them. Per artwork discussions were initiated and the children dwelled into the deeper meaning of the piece and what it made them feel.

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“I love this painting because it has many of my favourite things in it. Like a season ball”

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“I really love the way it is so small yet has brilliant detail. The way the colours convey different moods appeal to me and the warmth of the 4th painting comforted me.”

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“The realism of the painting is what I really like.The way the artist adds subtleties like the clock and medals helps us understand the character of the person shown.”

After the conclusion of this exercise the children sat down to create an artwork with the elements from Day 1’s sketches which they incorporated into a piece that had a story/meaning.

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