Space and materiality!! It was the last day of the week which also meant that it was the last of class introductions. The first half of the class was spent at the workshop with Dhamodar sir explaining the uses and application of each tool and machinery. After trying my best to take in all the information that was just said we had a short break after which we headed for the second half of class.
It took us almost an hour to introduce ourselves as Divya Ma’am was very keen on getting to know us really well. We then spoke about the different materials we know of and how the class is gonna proceed for the rest of the semester. I was really exited about this class in particular as I love working with different materials and tools. The class left me wondering about all the different things I’d be able to create during the semester
Integrative studio was a continuation of the seminar class. It’s a place where we take the ideas we came up with during the discussions in seminar and give it a physical form. We had to put our thoughts on paper using just lines and dots as instructed by Jai sir.Though we were a little confused in the beginning we were soon told what the point of the exercise was. To most peoples amusement, our compositions reflected our mental state at that point perfectly. We then moved on the depicting a few of our characteristics in small boxes using just simple lines. It was a very interesting exercise and I enjoyed it a lot. We were also given six different topics like ‘state of mind in the morning’, etc which we again had to depict without using any shapes or shading.
Later on, we watched a 10 minute clip from the movie “The Wall” and had a discussion about the life of Roger Waters. We spoke about the problems he faced growing up and about how narrow minded people can be. We then ended class by working on a few more compositions using simple lines to express out thought process.
I had no idea as to what we were going to learn in class that morning. Integrative seminar was a very new concept and I had no clue as to what to expect from it. Kanika Ma’am started the class by opening up a discussion about the difference between retrospection and introspection. She then spoke to us about plagiarism, referencing and citation. After making sure we got the basics of the course we moved on the the more interesting part of class.
Haikus!!! We all came up with seven haikus each for the seven pictures projected on the board. After 15 to 20 minutes of coming up with poems we had to form groups of five and discuss what we’d written. Towards the end of class we had to pick the best haikus for each picture and read it out to the class. It was a different experience and also another thing I’m looking forward to in the coming weeks.
Learning a new language is one of the many things I’m interested in. Being an Indian is like being born a bilingual. Soon after all of us assembled in class we were informed that our teacher will not be able to make it but they have someone else who is willing to take our first lesson in Spanish. We were all waiting for someone older and more qualified walk in but were surprised to see a 15 year old kid standing in front of us.
Aahan was all set for our first day of Spanish. I was. really amazed by his confidence and stage presence. He was a really good teacher and made sure all of us understood and pronounced everything to perfection. Being raised up in Spain he was very fluent in the language and was of great help.
We learnt the basics of the language. How to greet people, numbers, animals and relations. We practised getting the pronunciations right after which we took a group photo, thanked our teacher and bid him farewell.
Eat art was the first thing that caught my attention when I was through the electives list. I read the description and I knew one hundred percent that it was something I had to take. The fact that it had something to do with interiors was the main reason I choose it. I may not be that much of a foodie but food is also sometimes thing that has always intrigued me. Knowing that we will be learning about the interiors of restaurants and why it is the way it is really fascinated me and made me join this course.
After having introduced ourselves we went through a slide show of the different kinds of atmospheres we’ve seen in various restaurants. We were then given a snicker (chocolate) each and were divided into groups of three. We were told to create a name for a restaurant and the atmosphere, dishes, etc in relation to the chocolate in hand. Coming up with a creative and unique restaurant was hander than we had anticipated. In the end we stuck to creating a health and organic brand using nuts which is a main ingredient in snickers. All the groups had to present their idea at the end of the session. the variety in the ides that were presented really amused me. Overall it was a fun filled experience with a lot of interaction and participation.
Having learnt the basics of illustrator in school gave me a little more confidence as I walked into class that morning. It was still my second day of college but I felt way more comfortable and part of the space. It was imaging which meant we’ll be working with our laptops and technology. I’m not the best when it comes to technology but I’m not bad at it either. Since most of us didn’t have our softwares installed we had to share computers for the first half till it got downloaded.
We were taught everything from scratch by Jigna Ma’am. From what each tab was called to how to apply colour and make different shapes. Being someone who’s always been interested in how these softwares work I made sure to make note of everything said in class for future reference. We learnt about most of the tools and how its to be used, how to select and unselect images, group and ungroup them, etc.
It was a lot fun even for the people who were not that into graphics or software based work. Even though interiors is what I’m most passionate about, technology still interests me a lot and I’m very exited to learn more about these softwares in the coming classes.
Thinking about it made the entire thing worse. It was my first day of official college and I had no clue what I was walking it. Nervous was probably the nicest and least complicated way to describe the state I was in. I entered class completely blank and seated myself in the corner of the room. Considering that drawing is something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember, I was curious to know what I was gonna learn new.
I was so caught up in my thoughts that I failed to notice Ma’am walking in. To be honest, I didn’t realise she was there until she got up to the front and introduced herself. She said her name was Sonia and went on the establish certain rules to be followed in class and about the course in general. The fact that she didn’t want the class to be very formal and that we were allowed to plug in if we wanted to made me feel a whole lot better about the entire scenario. I truly believe that music can make anything and everything better.
After having introduced ourselves, we were shown a documentary on prehistoric cave art from France. The documentary, to my surprise, was very interesting. I learnt a lot from it and was amazed by the fact that the cave men were able to portray everything they wanted using simple lines and marks. Considering that they did not have the technology we have today, it is hard hard to even imagine how they got so high up in the mountains and into a tiny little cave. What fascinated me even more was how the scientists were able to tell wether the person who painted it was short or tall, wether he had a bent finger or long nails. Ranging from about 30,000 to 12,000 years ago, these paintings still seize to amaze me and many others around the world.
We took a short break to freshen up after which we were given newsprint paper and charcoal to experiment with. Playing around with the different gradients and thickness of the charcoal got all of us pumped up. After having gotten an idea of the different things that can be done with charcoal, we started making simple composition of whatever came to our minds. Getting my hands dirty with art is something that I’ve always loved and look forward to. The class left me full of energy and enthusiasm for all that is left to come.
Rough Compositions – Charcoal Work