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Giving art a direction

`Disha - the school of art' guides a lay person into the realms of art

ART IS not only a discovery of the enthralling creative media but also an exploration of the nuances of self- expression. With this twin aim as the main motivating factor, Disha, school of art and appreciation (a Daira art gallery initiative) presents the `Pablo Picasso Affair' and the `Paul Klee Experience'. The directors of the school believe this to be `the friendliest introduction yet, to fine arts'.

Whilst the Pablo Picasso Affair, a one-month course is targeted at the layman who wants to get a purview of art, the Paul Klee Experience, for three months, is for those who aim to make creativity their profession. A three-day festival to launch Disha commenced in which the participants were given a brief but fun-filled overview of what is in store for them. The open house was attended by eminent artists Jagdish Mittal, T. Vaikuntam and B. Narsing Rao. The open house was unique for a number of reasons. Not only were the participants free to interact with these renowned artists but also had an unusual chance to collectively work on a collage put up at the Daira art gallery. A rare combination of beginners' creative designs and the polished strokes of erudite artists resulted in a uniquely appealing collage adding colour and zest to the gallery's walls. For Disha believes in bringing artists and those who care about art on the same platform and hence strive to facilitate a meaningful dialogue between the experts and the seekers.

The regular series of courses that will commence from today (April15) has an innovative syllabus that hopes to enrich the student with the basics of art and art appreciation. As renowned artist T. Vaikuntam remarked, the name of the programme itself is of two stalwarts who have shaped art in this century (Picasso and Klee). Pedagogy head of Disha, A.M. Murali further elaborates that the course is designed to initiate an interest and develop a study of how the 20th century artist develops. Atiya Amjad, of Disha, says that the school aims at imparting a wider perspective of the plastic arts. Post-modernist art, she believes is one where there are no binding rules or fixed ideals, exploration is the key as a wide range of media is used. Hence the course aims at giving people an insight into ways of expression.

The courses will not only include painting, techniques of drawing etc but will also be interspersed with other interesting talks and discussions on film appreciation, animation etc making the course not only a fun-filled learning experience but also a form of art communication. The course will also have artists visiting and interacting with the students to further develop their interests. Says Atiya Amjad, "we are trying to spread the understanding of the concept of design and what design space is. The aim of Disha is to open the doors of art to all people and develop an awareness and sensibility towards it."

Disha aims to move ahead in a direction with "the customised study programmes that are accessible, comprehensive and uniquely engaging." Hence opening to people the magnificent vistas of art.


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