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Any child can paint

GETTING CREATIVE: A girl concentrates on her drawing at a demonstration for Global Art India on Thursday. — Photo: M. Vedhan

GETTING CREATIVE: A girl concentrates on her drawing at a demonstration for Global Art India on Thursday. — Photo: M. Vedhan  

Global Art India teaches children to come out with innovative ideas

Susan Muthalaly

CHENNAI: Her paintings may never adorn the walls of art connoisseurs and celebrities but your child doesn't have to be a barefoot eccentric to paint well. Because now, she can be taught to be creative with the oil pastels in a standardised, systematic method.

Global Art India is an organisation that works to teach your child how to paint. Not just an artistically inclined child, any child.

While displaying a series of before and after pictures of an apple, Dinesh Victor from Global Art India decried the state of art the way it is taught in schools. "Every painting looks the same as the child copies what the teacher gives him, they do not help the child be creative," he said. At Global Art, the course instructors teach children how to think out of the box.

They also teach them about basics including mixing colours and drawing outlines.

The results are fascinating. Instead of drawing an apple the way it is seen, the children come up with different ideas, an apple in a bowl, an apple as an offering during a puja, even an enormous apple sitting on a bridge with a duck swimming by.

The course is devised by the Indian arm of Global Art and Creative, Malaysia, which has a presence in 10 countries. It has six levels at the end of which the student will be tested. It targets students from 7-15 years.

The one time registration fee for the course is Rs. 750 and includes a set of oil-pastels, a bag and a cap. The monthly fee is Rs. 600 and an additional Rs. 150 is charged for the books. Classes are once a week. Each level lasts for four months.

Call 28142595 for details.

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