The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, invites you to participate in 'Workshop for the Art Catalysts'

An art education workshop conducted by Dr. Sarada Natarajan that has been developed for teachers working in art and craft in schools, and artists and educators working in NGOS and other informal groups using art in their teaching.

Dates: 29 & 30 July and 1 & 2 August, 2016 | 11am – 5pm
Venue: FICA Reading Room, D-42 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024

This four-day FICA workshop is specifically targeted at art educators working as art and craft teachers in schools as well as in more informal settings such as child welfare NGOs, adult education centres, etc. The emphasis is on harnessing and channelling the remarkable creativity of this very special group of educators, for whom creating something wonderful out of nothing is a routine procedure. In an unusual kind of experiment, the teachers will be tasked with planning and executing creative interventions in the specific contexts that they work in. School teachers, for example, will pick up a maths or a science text at the middle school level and see how best they can develop a participatory performance or an interactive installation around the core concepts of a lesson. In the case of a teacher working in a women’s shelter, she might look for a way to create a performance around individual women’s dream career aspirations. 

These experiments will encourage art and craft teachers to think on their feet, constantly out of the box, constantly interact with subject teachers and ultimately, to integrate their work with the larger objectives of the school. Such exercises utilize not only their skills and knowledge of processes and materials but also that completely unrecognized resource, their enormous fund of creativity. 

Read Dr. Sarada Natarajan's note.