Want your child to know her M.F. Husain from Amrita Sher-Gil? Enrolling her in CMYK’s art appreciation course could do the trick. Kalyani Chawla, vice-president, marketing and communications, Dior India, has already signed up her 10-year-old, Tahira, for the classes. “My daughter is always dragged to museums and art galleries. After this, hopefully, she will learn to differentiate a Souza from a Raza, a Husain from a Roy,” says Chawla, who found out about the course on Facebook.
Starting 17 April, Anjali Raghbeer, author of Tulika’s ‘Looking At Art’ series of books, will conduct these sessions over four Saturdays at the CMYK bookstore, Mehar Chand Market, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. “I got the idea after a friend who was based in Hong Kong mentioned that her child used to attend such sessions in museums there,” says Priya Kapoor, director, CMYK. “I did not know who could conduct an art class for children in Delhi until I googled ‘art for children’ and Anjali’s name popped up.”
Barefoot Husain: By Anjali Raghbeer and Soumya Menon, Tulika Books, Rs200.
Raghbeer is looking at a group of around 30 participants, aged between 8 and 14. “We aim to teach the children about the three contemporary Indian artists, M.F. Husain, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, and about Raja Ravi Varma, who is considered a traditionalist,” she explains. The young art enthusiasts will also be taken on a tour of the Vadehra Art Gallery in Delhi to see original works by these renowned artists.
Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Arzan Khambatta will be conducting metal sculpture classes for children in two batches from 21 April—for ages 5-10, and 10-15. Khambatta started these classes seven years ago as a favour to his friends who wanted their children to do something creative during the summer holidays. The interest and dedication shown by the children led him to turn this into an annual workshop. Khambatta introduces children to the basics of sculpture and demonstrates the process of creating sculptures.
The children are then encouraged to sift through scrap metal and pick up shapes that fascinate them. They make drawings of what they would like to make and a welder welds the metal according to the child’s instructions. The children are not allowed to weld anything themselves. “Children love making three-dimensional art and metal sculpting has an added charm because of the technicalities involved,” says Khambatta.
CMYK art classes in Delhi will cost Rs500 per child per 1-hour class. You can sign up for one class or for all. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Arzan Khambatta’s sculpture class will be held in Sewri, Parel, Mumbai, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, five days a week. Charges are Rs8,500. For details, call Khambatta at 9821232742.
Seema Chowdhry and Blessy Augustine