Art flash rediscovers little artists' calibre

Art flash rediscovers little artists' calibre

Art flash rediscovers  little artists' calibre

Thermofoam art, oil paintings, pencil drawings, charcoal works, pen dotted works, nib paintings, glass paintings, plaster of Paris works and the list is not an exhaustive one.

These were among the wide array of art works exhibited at ‘Art Flash’ at Sharada Vidyalaya in Mangaluru on Friday. The unique thing about the expo was that all these were created by the students of the institution. As many as 150 art works explored vivid capabilities and artistic temperament of the little artists. 

The works which catered to different tastes, was organised at the Dhyana Mandira of the college. The artifacts depicted nature, people, spirituality and many other themes. 

Shrinidhi from ninth standard who had exhibited some of her thermofoam works said that she and her friends have made decorative items out of thermofoam, under the guidance of her art teachers Sathyanarayana Salethur and Suresh K Pandavarakallu. 

She said to make an artifact, one needs to cut thermofoam into required shape, join it. The carving is done with the use of soldering machine. The artifact is then applied golden acrylic paint to give a brilliant metallic look. The advantage of thermofoam over thermocol is that one can create three dimensional shapes with it. Also, the material is not easily breakable unlike thermocol. Small useful items such as pen stands can also be made out of it. 

 Art teacher Sathyanarayana spoke to Deccan Herald and said that the thermofoam is being used  for stage decorations. The students have experimented with the material to make artifacts. The thermofoam works featured in the expo were done by students during the last 15 days. This is the large scale exhibition of this kind, he added.

Decorative items 

Yakshagana headgear, flowerpot, models of ship, flowers and other decorative items such as wall hangings prepared of thermofoam, drew the attention of onlookers.

Mahima from ninth standard had displayed two nib painting works of her. She had also made plaster of Paris models of Lord Shiva, Ganesha and the like, without using moulds, and had adored them with fine carving work.

Shubhodeep Pal from eighth standard had to his credit, water colour paintings on animals and birds. He said he likes the aspects of nature most and depicts the same in his paintings. It took him two to three hours to draw a painting. He added that his friends support him a lot.

Aditya from eighth standard had an interesting anecdote to share. When he was in LKG, he drew his mother’s portrait. His mother couldn't stop laughing after looking at her son’s drawing. But, Aditya wanted to make his mom happy and hence kept on practicing until he got a true appreciation. That was how he developed an interest towards painting, he said.

Thejas Aithal studying in ninth standard, speaking on worli art said that the art form was developed by tribal people of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. 

Combination of triangles, half circles an straight lines are used to create most of the images. At the expo, the art was depicted on paper by students. Here, he and his fellow mates have used white poster colour on red and saffron backgrounds, featuring village life, festivities and deities.  

Art teacher Sathyanarayana said that the artifacts, drawings and paintings were all created by students. Many of these were done as a part of classroom activity during the current academic year from June till date. Also, students themselves have arranged the art works in the hall, he added. 

Akanksha S Alva from eighth standard,who exhibited five of her paintings which include pencil drawing, acrylic and coloured charcoal arts, aid that she likes the coloured charcoal medium the most. She exhibited the portraits of Sai baba and Buddha, along with landscape paintings with acrylic medium.

Sharada Educational Institutions President Prof M B Puranik inaugurated the exhibition and stressed on the need to nurture the talents of amateur artists.

Talents of the students should not be confined to schools but taken out to the people.Sharada High School Principal Sunitha V Madi, P U College Principal Dayananda Kateel and art teacher Suresh K Pandavarakallu was present.

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