ICONS OF INDIA: ARTIST STUDY WORKSHOPS
Artist | Graphic Designer | Art Educator
Rhea has been teaching art and design for the past 12 years and inspiring young minds ever since. In the past 2 years during the pandemic, she has trained over 300 students across the globe, through online platforms. Rhea’s passion for art and her love for kids serve as the driving forces for her career.
Watercolours are her forte, and she continues her study by attending workshops of prominent artists and devoting time for self-study. Rhea has recently displayed 20 of her best artworks at the L&P Hutheesing Visual Art Center. Her paintings are also a part of The Bombay Art Society, online exhibition.
Rhea believes that you learn more by exploring and sketching live on location. To that end, she was a part of the Heritage Project organized by Kala – the Art Hub, along with 20 well-known artists of Gujarat. She is also one of the leaders of the Urban Sketching Community of Ahmedabad, telling stories of the rich cultural heritage of the city.
Rhea has conducted successful workshops at Happyon Exhibitions, Weekend Window, and SugarRush Outdoors. She is also a facilitator in a Bangalore-based learning company, The Talking Canvas Pvt. Ltd. She has done her Post Graduation in Animation and holds a Diploma in Commercial Art. Well versed in designing curriculums, Rhea has worked as an educator for schools in Mumbai.
The world is full of obvious things, which nobody by any chance ever observes.
- Arthur Conan Doyle
Apparently, people spend an average of 15 seconds looking at the Mona Lisa. A quick glance, onwards to the next painting, and eventually many forget they ever saw it. So much for being a celebrated masterpiece!
An artist study, on the other hand, gives an opportunity to slow down, and uncover the style and motivations of an artist (as opposed to merely staring at a work of art). How did MF Hussain draw on cubism in his art? Why did Jamini Roy shift from a Western impressionist style to a self-developed Indian form? How did Raza express his trademark “bindu” through colour, line, space, and light? Critically analysing a creator’s work helps in understanding the evolution of art and artists, the compositional devices used by them, and in exploring these in one’s own art.
Over 4 separate workshops, participants will first understand what is an artist study, and how to identify and analyse the characteristic traits of an artist. They will then evaluate the works of 4 acclaimed Indian artists – S. H. Raza, Nandalal Bose, M. F. Hussain and Jamini Roy.
After an orientation on the life and works of each artist, participants will learn to break down the discerning elements of their paintings – such as line, shape, colour, texture, composition, content, et al – to discover how these portray meaning. Finally, participants will be motivated to reproduce or improvise on the artists’ styles, without ripping off their ideas.
The workshops will culminate with a display of selected artworks of the participants at The Hive.
Understand what is an artist study
Learn how to identify the styles & techniques of an artist
Learn abut 4 different artists and their characteristic traits
Apply in your work, while working with different media
Develop your own techniques and composition – form, shape, placement
WHO IS THE WORKSHOP FOR?
Budding art enthusiasts 8 years and above
Learn to critically evaluate art and artists
Be inspired by the masters, and improvise
Introspect to develop a style that reflects your personality, values, & motivations
Receive a ‘Certificate of Initiation’ into an ongoing journey of art
1. What resources will I need for this workshop?
You'll need to bring basic art & stationery supplies like paints and brushes that are usually available at home. Once you register, we'll give you a list. Most importantly, bring plenty of enthusiasm and eager hands. And yes, your masks, sanitizers, and water bottles. :)
2. What safety precautions will be taken at The Hive?
We will be working in small groups and social distancing norms will be followed. Masks are recommended during the workshop. However, participants are responsible for their own health & safety.
The dates for display of artwork at The Hive will be announced once the programme begins.
Cancellation Policy: In the unlikely event of The Hive cancelling any of its workshops for any reason, registered participants will be refunded the entire amount within 15 business days. Course dropouts by participants will be eligible for refund as follows: 30+ days before the event - 75% refund; 15-30 days before the event: 50% refund; less than 15 days - 0% refund. Attendee changes can be accommodated up to 14 days prior to the event.