For the Love of Art

an exhibition by young learners who were part of the year-long art education course developed by FICA in collaboration with Nilanjana Nandy.

Preview: 17th May 2017, Wednesday, 4 - 7 pm
Venue: Vadehra Art Gallery, 1st Floor, D53 Defence Colony, New Delhi

The exhibition will remain open until 3rd June 2017 | 11am - 7pm, Monday - Saturday

Participants: Anahat Singh | Anya Goel | Anya Ramani | Amartya Ghate | Devarya Madhukar | Karmick Surena | Serena Khanna | Teha Sirohi | Vishruti Shrivastava

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This exhibition marks the finale of a year-long art education course developed by FICA in collaboration with art educator Nilanjana Nandy. The works by the young learners will be exhibited alongside an exciting display of art books for children and a roster of outreach events including a Mural workshop for young learners (7-12 years), an educator’s workshop for art teachers, and a talk by leading educators in the field of creative arts. 

Two workshops conducted under the exhibition-


Stories on the Wall: a mural workshop for children
Conducted by Ruchin Soni

When - 4 - 6 pm on 17 May 2017 (Wednesday) and 11 am - 4 pm on 20 May 2017 (Saturday)
Where - Vadehra Art Gallery, 1st Floor, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi
For - Children between the age of 7-11 years

This two-day workshop focussed on engaging young learners (7-11 years) in a collaborative exercise of mural making with artist Ruchin Soni. A gallery wall turned into a canvas for the duration of the workshop as the students learnt about the challenges and thrill of painting on a grand scale. Ruchin led them through the steps of planning the composition, sketching on the walls, and finally the act of painting. They also learnt about various techniques used in mural making, developing a project as a team, and will be introduced to the basics of street art as a contemporary urban art form. Registration was done on a first come first serve basis. There was no fees for participation. 

Ruchin Soni hails from a family of traditional painters in Gujarat, and was initiated into the world of art during his early childhood when he learnt traditional painting techniques from his parents. He formally trained at the M.S. University of Baroda specializing in painting and mural, and specialized in mural design. Ruchin has created several murals in India and Mexico. He has been a part of the Street Art Festival in Delhi since its inception, and his works adorn the walls of Shahpurjat, the Rain Basera on Mahatma Gandhi Marg, as well as India's longest mural at Tihar Jail in New Delhi. Ruchin is also an art educator, having taught and developed curriculum with Welham Girls School, Dehradun, and Auroville School, Pondicherry, and conducted teacher training programmes with Flow India.


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Doing it Differently: a workshop for art educators
Conducted by Nilanjana Nandy

When - 11 am - 4 pm on 22 May 2017 (Monday)
Where - Vadehra Art Gallery, D53 Defence Colony, New Delhi - 110024
For - Independent educators, art teachers working with schools, and artists interested in working with children

This day-long course developed for art educators used the For the Love of Art, a course developed by FICA and Nilanjana Nandy, as a starting point to engage with the challenges of teaching art in India today. The workshop focused on actual course material that teachers need to develop for their classes, and explore how to expand their field of engagement through the planning, development and execution of their course. Participants were expected to bring one topic/lesson which they want to work on at the workshop. The workshop involved basic online research, making a brief presentation, and sharing of ideas.

Nilanjana Nandy is a visual artist and educator with over a decade of experience in teaching and working with students. Nandy graduated with a MFA in Painting from MSU Baroda, and has carried forward the critical approach that the school is known for through her own work. She believes in using art education to create points of deliberation, make connections and generate enthusiasm, in order to help children learn through exploration, play and processes. She has worked with several schools in Delhi and NCR including St. Mary's, BTWS, Suncity World School; conducted workshops at Sriram School, IILM Institute; worked as visiting faculty at College of Art, Delhi and Sushant School of Art and Architecture and currently takes Sunday Art Classes at NGMA, New Delhi as part of their outreach. In her own artistic career she is deeply involved in developing projects with children.