Workshops with Indian Cultural Relevance and Mixed Media Art

Workshops with Indian Cultural Relevance and Mixed Media Art

For Children

I offer Ephemeral Kolam Art Workshop for children ages 7 and up created at your threshold. It is better than chalk drawing. I will come to your home. I offer Printmaking workshops for children at my studio. Ages 11 to 16. This will give them a sense of culture and play.

For Adults

I offer Art workshops as well as Meditative Mandala Drawing workshops. I can have these workshops at your location or at my Studio. If you have it at your location, Please arrange to collect the money from the participants before the workshop and I will share a percentage.

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Kolam Workshops

Kolam Workshops At your Home

In a world of hectic and technological schedules, we have no time to create anything ephemeral. Kôlam, the threshold art workshop offers to teach an ancient traditional art form that has been in the Indian culture for thousands of years. Through kôlam, learn ancient South Indian mythology and symbols. By learning how to create kôlam’s, it can help promote calmness and concentration and inner awareness. Calm the mind with creative self-expression. No artistic training is required for this workshop.

Decoration was not the sole purpose of a kôlam. In olden days, kolams used to be drawn by hand with coarse rice flour, so that the ants don't have to work so hard for a meal. The rice powder is said to invite birds and other small creatures to eat it, thus inviting other beings into one's home and everyday life: a daily tribute to harmonious coexistence. The patterns range between geometric to free style. Beyond the aesthetic quality that they offer, the kôlam threshold art is meant to provide a relaxing and reflective experience that supports and promotes healing. When we create a kôlam, we are creating a personal symbol that reveals who we are at that moment. We invite you to experience the healing power of ephemeral expressive arts and meditation. You connect with nature, pause, look inwards and let go of all negative energy.

  • For all adults and children 
  • Your home or yard, preferably on a dark surface floor
  • Minimum of 8 people
  • Cost $15 per person
  • Duration: One Hour
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Mixed Media Printmaking Workshop: Monotype Printmaking and Linocut

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Learn to produce vibrant one-of-a-kind prints using a simple technique that offers infinite creative possibilities. Monotypes are often called "painterly prints": their creation is spontaneous, fun, and immediate. The majority of class time will be devoted to hands-on experimentation -- we'll compose images with stencils, leaf prints, positive and negative wiping, brush techniques, and a variety of texture-making materials. A great technique for both beginning students and experienced print makers. No drawing skills required!

Linocut transforms the simplest of images into graphic form, producing bold, dramatic prints similar in appearance to woodcuts. You'll learn to plan an image, carve a lino plate, work in positive and negative. Linocut prints make fabulous greeting cards, and can also be printed on fabric. Come loosen up, play, and experiment. No experience necessary! This is a wonderful way to begin an exploration of printmaking.

  • Classes are intimate: limited to 5 to 7 students
  • Ages 11 and up
  • One day or half a day workshops
  • Cost:$75 per person for half a day per person
  • Cost $120 per person for a full day workshop
  • Cost of materials included
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Indian Henna workshops for Mothers and Daughters

Introduce the favorite kid in your life to the joys of henna. Fun in the Simply henna for beginners class. The workshop will cover Henna history &, tradition design and art techniques and how henna works (color & longevity)

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Narrative Art Workshop

Kolam Workshops At your Home

Narrative Art Workshop” through Mixed Media Printmaking Techniques. At my Studio or yours. Telling a story. A very popular means of expression currently is for artists to use text, photography, and images to make a print very painterly. Using mixed media and image transfers, come tell your unique story. Artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and many other contemporary artists use mixed-media to create expressive, unique and dramatic paintings which explore themes that are important to them either politically, socially, morally, or emotionally. Using nontraditional printmaking techniques this class will explore a wide range of transfer and surface techniques. Learn how to combine and integrate the different mixed media to pull together a finished piece. Discover the new tools and ideas you need to explore this exciting way of making art that is at once both intensely personal and expressive.

Workshop is experimental with techniques such as Xerox transfers with gel medium and a variety of mixed- media applications within the parameters of printmaking. Art work can make a social statement or personal or strive to communicate important messages to society at large

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Meditative Mandala Drawing Workshop

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What is Meditative Mandala Drawing? To Hindus and Tibetans, mandala’s are the Architecture of Enlightenment. For me, drawing mandala’s every day is a gentle form of devotion and meditation. With the aid of the ancient bamboo pen, called Kalam we will be creating personal illuminated symbols and patterns for healing and inner peace. In fact, "Mandala" is a Sanskrit word that mean "circle". Mandala’s generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.

Mandala drawing is an easy to learn method of creating several 8” x 8” beautiful circular drawings for meditation. Mandala’s can contain both geometric and organic forms. They can also contain recognizable images that carry meaning for the person who is creating it. In essence, mandala’s represent the connection between our inner worlds and outer reality. Designing your own mandala’s can be both inspirational and therapeutic. All participants, regardless of artistic ability, will create several of their own Mandala’s. This joyous and non-competitive workshop will include meditation, breathing and drawing and coloring mandala’s

What is Kalam Pen?

Originating in India around 1000 B.C., Kalamkari is an ancient Indian art from that got its name from Kalam meaning "pen," and Kari meaning, "work." Kalamkari is the ancient art of decorating cloth with the handmade kalam or pen. A term mainly used to describe cotton fabrics patterned through the medium of vegetable dyes by free hand painting and block-printing.

What are benefits of creating your own pens and drawing mandala's with them? Sacred art has been with us since ancient man/woman first scratched a pattern into the sand. Before we start drawing the Mandala’s the act of making your own kalam is new, fun, artistic and relaxing. It increases focus and provides artistic and Zen like satisfaction.

Carl Jung writes: "When I began drawing the mandala’s, I saw that everything, all paths I had been following all the steps I had taken were leading back to a single point - namely, to the midpoint. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation."

  • Ages 11 & Up
  • Class size up to 12 to 20
  • Cost $75 per person for a half day workshop
  • Cost $125 per person for full day workshop
  • Cost of materials included
  • Mandala Workshop by Radha; Details PDF

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Mentoring

I am mentoring Art students right now. My educational background is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Fine Arts, summa cum laude and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. For the last four years, I have been a Consultant at Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore India, where I taught and mentored undergraduate students from India, Australia, France, England and the US. I have great experience mentoring and working with international and national undergraduate and graduate students, sharing responsibilities with faculty and speaking in front of groups, and multi-tasking.

  • Classes are one on one
  • Cost $35 per hour, with a regular commitment
  • Cost of materials not included.

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Attention Yoga Studios

This can be an excellent complement to the yoga practice. It offers a alternate creative relaxed atmosphere for your clients to gather around and socialize outside their daily practice. I have done this many times successfully for yoga studios. I would encourage your phone call to discuss the opportunity and the benefits. This is a revenue share arrangement with your student; in most cases the studio take payments and I will show up and execute the class.

Class Registration Information

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Please bring willingness to play, and an apron or old shirt to protect your clothing, and leave perfectionism at the door.