THE ART OF CRAFT: DECIPHERING THE DESIGN PRINCIPLES IN INDIAN FOLK ART
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Indian folk art has a distinct character. Mostly painted extempore, it is fluid and borrows heavily from the environment. The trees that grow in the region, the predators that stalk the night, pests that ravage their crops, seasons that bring in change, marriages, birth and death, all form a strong basis for the context. The artisan draws his version of the local myths, adding touches from his repertoire. While all this seems random in depiction, there is a definite order to this chaos. Without seeming to, design and its innate principles are adhered to, albeit without a formal education.
This short course aims to deconstruct three Indian folk-art styles, Pattachitra from Orissa, Jadu Patua from West Bengal and Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh. There will be 2 parts to this study i. Study of history and process of the craft including local storytelling traditions ii. Deciphering the structural constituents of the craft in order to find the keys that recreate its essence in a modern context. The course will be conducted in a hands-on activity-based format, with real examples from various styles provided for discussion and research.
Since there is immense scope to infuse this skill in every arena of design; from small-scale graphic design to large-scale architecture, the expected learning outcomes will be i. To provide a structure to analyse traditional craft ii. Develop skill sets to translate this learning to a contemporary medium.
A good hand at sketching and a sense of imagination are prerequisites for this course.
Expenses for Students - Local Travel - Rs. 1000/-

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