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Padma Shree Awardee, Anjolie Ila Menon hones the artistic skills of Amity Students at “Arts Workshop”

Amity International School, Noida became the veritable temple of learning of art when the renowned Painter and Padma Shree Awardee, Anjolie Ila Menon conducted “Arts Workshop” for the students of Amity for those who have artistic and creative bent of mind.

Curiosity and joy was evident on the faces of the children who were eager to hear Ms. Anjolie Ila Menon. They accorded a very warm welcome to the artist who shared her experiences with students, how she started making best out of waste in Calcutta and her colorful journey from a novice to a famous artist. She narrated how “Razais” she used for covering her art work brought from Delhi, incidentally became pieces of exhibit in Jahangir Art Gallery. Addressing students she said that art was always considered a serious subject, citing this example of “Razais” her artistic work brought joy and laughter amongst the art connoisseurs.

In her workshop she tried to teach students as to how art and artist are not bound by the narrow frame of time or place. An artist is free to use his imagination and combine elements from different eras or places on a single canvas. An artist creates a new world on a blank canvas and fills it with life. He combines knowledge with technique to give birth to his creation, which gives the artist a unique language.

She took the children on a sojourn of her paintings through power point presentation. Her paintings abound in figures she saw in Nizammudin Basti, where she has her studio whether it’s a crow, a goat, a mother feeding her child or a potter with his purple turban. Her paintings are perfect amalgamation of high art and low art and ranged from morphed paintings to mural art, calendar art and symbolism. They were livid example of how colorful one’s life is. Each and every color of life was painted on her canvas- joy, sorrow, bliss, anxiety etc.

She taught children how an ugly looking steel almirah lying in one corner of the house can be changed into an artistic piece by using different color paints and how a line here and there can change the look of an object.

The one hour workshop was attended by Mrs. Divya Chauhan- Director, Amity Arts Foundation and over 200 children between the age group 11- 14.

Amity Arts Foundation (AAF), under the able leadership and guidance of Mrs. Divya Chauhan is engaged in the promotion and propagation of Indian culture through art performances, exhibition of fine arts and other creative forms.

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