Cotton ear buds, pista nut shells, glitter and used paper came in handy as children learnt to create an art work without a paint brush. Over 30 children who participated in a workshop at Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore, on Saturday spent an enjoyable evening painting on the white chart paper provided to each of them with an outline of a drawing.

The initiative was part of the ‘Weekend at the Park' series organised by Sundaram Finance, where the objective was to make creative use of open spaces to develop talent.

For most of the participants, it was their first brush with such a session. A few parents who came from Nanganallur and Porur were seen requesting the organisers to allow the latecomers.

“Interesting” was the response a majority of children shared as they took every instruction step-by-step to give the parrot perched on a tree colour and life. V.K. Manasi and A. Meera, neighbours studying in different schools, said the process was much simpler than using the brush. Thumb impression was used to paint the body of the bird, and the pista shell to look like flowers.

“Aunty, I need another bud,” shouted a boy, keeping the organisers busy. Not all were attending such a session for the first time. A few regular participants such as B. Rahul said they wished they could also get to draw, as every drawing was similar.

Art and craft teacher Revathi Ganesh said the challenge for children was to learn different strokes without paint brush as well as execute them neatly.

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