Kochi, Sep 14: Master Practice Studios, a series of art workshops conceived as part of the Kochi Biennale Foundation's (KBF) arts education programme, will conclude on Tuesday.
Fifteen students—six of them from Kerala—are attending the four-week programme held at Pepper House in Fort Kochi. An exhibition of the works by both masters and students will also be organised at Pepper House tomorrow.
This inaugural edition of Master Practice Studios offered workshops in four media, each led by a master artist. The workshop has been a platform for young artists to learn and exchange ideas with professional artists.
Artist Reghunadhan K, who taught clay-sculpting, said “the idea is to familiarise the students with the language of the material, and techniques of usage.”
The Master Practice Studios, through sustained exposure to master artists, creates opportunities not only for practical learning in various media, but also for conversations and collaborations that promote an environment of creative inquiry.
Eminent contemporary artist Jyothi Basu, who led the painting workshop, said such workshops arise out of a need felt in India for art education. “The Kochi Biennale Foundation is able to respond because it is an artist-led project," he added.
Veteran P K Sadaanandan, who taught mural painting, said that he is delighted that KBF recognises and encourages the traditional visual art forms like mural and woodcarving (led by Thrissur-based artist Raju MR.
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