LIFE

Creativity in sharp focus

The regal look

The regal look  

IT WAS an exhibition quite unlike many others of its kind. For one thing, there was no neck-and-neck competition to get ahead and win the first prize. No one hung around the finished paintings and drawings, trying to compare one with another, and going away dissatisfied that their own work had not brought them laurels. Still, each piece of work was unique in its own way, and a reflection of the personality of its creator.

Organized by students of the Department of Communications of GRD College of Science, the exhibition provided an open forum to the students, to display their skills in art and photography.

Most people who are creative invariably have some artistic ability, and this seemed to be the case with the youngsters who had displayed their work. This was the second year that the expo, aptly dubbed `Focus', was in progress at the college.

Restful scene

Restful scene  

It seemed to be work done more for the sake of self-satisfaction than for any other purpose. It was a freewheeling exercise, one that enabled the participants to use pencil, brush and paint, to put on paper whatever image they had in their minds.

Among the images were renderings of restful natural scenery, with trees and sky forming a backdrop to the human and animal images. These types of drawings seemed to come naturally to many of the participants, for all of them had a more than normal interest in drawing and photography. Those who draw and paint whether professionals or otherwise will be unanimous on one point... that is it quite difficult to draw human and animal figures. Usually, it's an ability that artists manage to master only after quite a lot of observation and continuous practice.

Human faces are the most difficult to reproduce, but some of the participants seemed to have done quite well in their attempts, even managing to sketch well-known characters from history and literature.

Some images were copies of the famous works of the well-established masters, while a few others were reproductions of scenes from real life. Oil paintings and pencil sketches were present in good measure.

House on the hill

House on the hill  

Next year, the students plan to expand the exhibition by keeping it open for a few days, so that their peers from other colleges can turn up to have a peek. Scheduling the event early in the year could encourage more participants, including those from other colleges.

``This art exhibition is very helpful and provides opportunities for training,'' says Anuradha Srinivasan, a second year student of Visual Communication. ``We have a separate paper on drawing, and the exhibition gives scope for creativity, and let's us express what we want to, in various ways. There are topics on abstract art, and on images representing humanity. Art is a way of representation,'' she added.

Having launched an electronic journal with global reach a few days ago, the Department of Communication has planned to concentrate on newer technology in the pipeline.

By Michael Raj A A

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