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Raghava M.
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A short-duration camp at Prasad Art Gallery attracts 200 participants

LITTLE ARTISANS: Participants enjoying their lessons in making clay models at Prasad Art Gallerty in Mangalore.
LITTLE ARTISANS: Participants enjoying their lessons in making clay models at Prasad Art Gallerty in Mangalore.

Many children and their parents apparently found a clay modelling workshop organised by the Prasad Art Gallery here recently beneficial in more ways than one. For many parents, it was a bonding experience as they worked with their children and charmed by the expressions the young ones gave to clay.

Five-year-old Pragnya, who was accompanied by her father Raghavendra Rao, was engrossed in making her favourite reptile tortoise. Her father Raghavendra Rao sat next to Pragnya. She made four small rectangular pieces and carefully fixed them on four sides to form the legs of tortoise. Her father took an empty ball pen refill stick and made squares on the tortoise shell. “I want to make the tortoise climb an anthill,” she said and placed her model next to the model of ant hill.

The camp attracted 200 participants.

Soumya was attending the camp along with her son Aryan for the first time. “I had to come as he refused to attend the camp,” she said. Soon after coming to the venue, Aryan joined his friends, who all have attended art camp conducted recently by their teacher Renuka, who too had come to the camp. While he started to make a mask, Ms. Soumya got down to make a clay model of Lord Ganesha.

“I am taking the help of Renuka in preparing the idol,” she said.

Sujatha Shenoy and Bindu are participating in the camp for the second time. “Last year, I prepared the clay models of an elephant and a mask. While the mask is intact, the trunk of the elephant has come off while we were shifting our house,” Ms. Shenoy said. She was preparing a flower vase this time.

Harish Kodiyalbail, who was one of the two members of Lahari Art Group that is helping children and their parents learn how to make clay models, said the intention behind the camp was to expose children to the joy of working with clay. “We teach children the basics of doll making by making them prepare objects such as elephant and fish,” he said.

While guiding the participants, Mr. Kodiyalbail and his teammate Harish M. were preparing their own models. “We bake them at a clay factory and display in the next year's camp,” he said.

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