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Workshop for the Art Catalysts | an art education workshop by Sarada Natarajan

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. This workshop is developed as part of Homepage 2016.*

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

Registration: To register send us your CV along with your email id and mobile number. There is no fee for registration in this workshop. Email us the details at with the subject 'Registration for Art Catalysts' to register.

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. 

Dr. Sarada Natarajan is currently Visiting Professor at the Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts, Shiv Nadar University, Noida and Visiting Faculty at the Department of Theatre Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication. She has taught at universities and colleges in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bogota, Colombia. She is based in Hyderabad where she has been Guest faculty at both the Fine Arts and Theatre Arts Department of the University of Hyderabad for 12 years. Natarajan completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. Her doctoral dissertation was on the historiography of ancient and medieval Indian sculpture. Her current academic interests include art history pedagogy for artists, art historiography and popular visual culture. She is a trained vocalist, experiments with voice and music for theatre and illustrates for children.
This programme has been developed by FICA in collaboration with Dr. Sarada Natarajan as part of our ongoing work at the Art Educators Forum. The Art Educators' Forum is a platform for collective thinking about art education in India, both in schools and outside it. How do we/our children learn about art and learnt with art? While we are, on the one hand, looking at the question of how to teach art and its significance to students, on the other hand, we are also deeply interested in how to learn with art in a larger context. How does art affect the process of looking, seeing, thinking, questioning and learning? This Forum is a platform for educators to network, share ideas and collaborate over projects. To know more write to us at