Pictures etched in memory turn sketches on canvas

Students from government high school make painting debut at CKP

Pictures etched in memory turn sketches on canvas
The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat (CKP) that usually showcases paintings of seasoned and trained artists saw 46 students from the government high school at Doddahulur in Hoskote taluk of Bengaluru Rural district make their big debut in the world of art.

Part of their school art project, the task was to paint their homes on a canvas. This was further taken to the next level of showcasing it at the CKP through the efforts of their art teacher of eight years, Sunil Mishra. “We organised a similar project to paint birds last year. Besides the 46 students, the exhibition also has the works of six alumni from the school,” he said.

The thing that stands out the most in Nandini V’s portrayal of her house is the bright red roof. A student of class 10, she said that getting the colour combinations right was the hardest thing to do. Viewed through a narrow passageway between two concrete houses, the painting of her house, Nandini said, reminded her of her grandfather.

“I don’t know how and why. But, this painting reminds me of my grandfather a lot. It reminds me of a time when I was small and my grandfather use to carry me on his shoulders,” she said.  “It was quite fascinating to see some leftover colours getting mixed and forming one that we have never seen before,” the artist said.

Across the room, Sanjeeva Chari, another class 10 student, stands close to his painting and has a thought about the future.

“Though my house would be demolished some day, I would always cherish this painting. It would remind me of the house as it is now,” he said.

While this is the first time that Sanjeeva’s painting has been exhibited at such a platform, he has been painting since he was in class 6. “I like making pencil sketches a lot and particularly enjoy drawing birds and painting sceneries. I want to take up art and painting as a career,” he said.

Earlier, speaking at the inauguration, Dr D K Chowta, general secretary, CKP, called the exhibition by schoolchildren one of the most “unique” at CKP.
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