Pick of the week: Put on your creative hat

Ptah, a group of art enthusiasts, organizes workshops regularly in the Capital

Learn about textures and tones at Ptah’s workshop on watercolours.
Learn about textures and tones at Ptah’s workshop on watercolours.

Adult colouring books have become popular of late. But if you’re a beginner, they are not the only way to dive into the world of art. A range of workshops in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai are offering classes on different art forms, from basic watercolours to the more intricate Kalamkari. So go ahead and register yourself; none of these workshops requires any prior experience of art.


Ptah, a group of art enthusiasts, organizes workshops regularly in the Capital. On 27 August, artist Kalyan Kumar Roy will hold a workshop, “Behaviour Of Watercolours”, where you can learn how to create varied textures with different brushes and strokes. The 2-hour workshop will focus on landscapes.

9.30am. Sakskriti Kala Kendra, Anand Gram, Ghitorni. Fee, Rs.1,999. For details, call 7503419644.If watercolours are not your thing, try your hand at the Rajasthani folk painting form of Phad with artist Kalyan Joshi on 10-11 September. Or try your hand at Kalamkari painting on fabric with the help of Padma Shri awardee J. Gurappa Chetty on 17-18 September.

“The workshop teachers are masters of their art. They will not just teach but will also explain the history of the art form—where it originated, how it got the name and how you can tell a story with this art,” says Abhishek Chouhan, a member of Craft Village, a group that works to preserve and revive crafts and organizes workshops.

10am-5pm. Craft Village, Westend Greens Farms, Ranpuri. Fee, Rs.5,000 (for each two-day workshop). For details, call 9910754364.


Instead of using paint bought from the store, how about using something you can find in your own house? In a 2-hour workshop on 4 September, Bengaluru-based Priyanka Gupta will explain how you can paint with coffee. Learn how to use coffee to paint flowers, figures and scenery. “Coffee painting makes for a wonderful gift. It is easy to make, since every kitchen has coffee. The best part is that there is a faint aroma even after the painting has been completed,” says Gupta.

2pm. Atta Galatta, 134, 5th Block, Koramangala. Fee, Rs.1,000. For details, call 9901256222.On 27 August, designer Shilpa Nagaonkar will conduct a 3-hour workshop on mixed-media art using acrylic, watercolours, ink spray, stamps and stencils. She will teach different techniques and skills with different art products, including canvas, decorated boxes, cards and albums. Participants can keep the finished products for home use, or even gift them. 

9.30am. Bloom and Grow Studio, Koramangala. Fee, Rs.2,500. For details, call 7259280949.


Ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi on 5 September, learn how to make Ganesha paintings at this workshop by Art Factory, a school that specializes in oil, watercolour and ceramic painting. The 27-28 August workshop will focus on oil paintings. While children can do freehand painting, adults will use grids and the concept of proportion to replicate a picture. “Coming just ahead of Ganesh Puja, this will be a perfect gift to give to someone,” says artist Pooja Bansal, who will conduct the workshop.

2-4pm. Art Factory, Raheja Vihar, Powai. Fee, Rs.1,500. For details, call 9769849008.The company Extension Arts will host a workshop on Bunraku Puppets, a traditional Japanese puppet theatre form, by puppeteer Anurupa Roy from 3-8 October (we know it’s more than a month away, but seats are limited). She will teach participants how to make puppets, and weave a story around them. “We will help participants develop their ideas and stories,” says Sananda Mukhopadhyaya, founder, Extension Arts.

6-9pm. Future School of Performing Arts, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Santacruz (East). Fee, Rs.9,500 (for six days). For details, call 9820480583.

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