KOCHI: The quintessential landscapes of Kerala, boats stationed at the shores of the backwaters and the vibrant lives of Kochi fishermen have been neatly captured through pencil art at the exhibition organised at Chaitram Art gallery in Kochi.
At least 107 works were exhibited by children aged between five to 16 years and were selected as part of Oasis, Bouquet of Young Minds programme, organised by the Chaitram Institute of Fine Arts in Palluruthy.
The Fine Arts institute holds such events to promote art education among children and provide them with a platform to exhibit their creativity. The sketches were made using crayons, water and oil colour at the expo.
Prior to exhibiting their works, the young artists were given training on mark making, contour drawing, dark to light sketching and different painting strokes by their teacher and head of Chaitram V B Venu.
“All the paintings are free expressions of the children’s imagination. I always advice my students to observe more and translate it in their work. This will help them grow as a distinguished artist,” said Venu who has more than 32 years of art experience.
Chaitram is an institute of fine arts intended to promote budding artists which was started in 1986. Initially the aim of this institution was to train talented youngsters for the KGTE examination. But later, the institute started focusing more on creative art. Chaitram has conducted about more than 26 exhibitions across the city to promote the students talent. These shows are always accompanied by demonstrations in various mediums by famous painters and artists from different parts of the state. The exhibition which was held recently concluded on Wednesday.
-Parvathy S Nair,Divya Panicker