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ITCHING TO LEARN A NEW HOBBY? FROM CALLIGRAPHYTO THEATRE, THE CITY IS PACKED WITH CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. SIMPLY DELHI LISTS SOME OFTHE BEST
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Calligraphy is more than good handwriting, says Harish Chander, 55, who teaches it like an art form. At his institute, Calligraphy India, established in 1995, you can learn to transform any written word into an artistic masterpiece. “It’s a craft, which requires historical knowledge, a dexterous hand and a lot of patience,” says Chander one of the few professionals in India who has been practising the art for over 30 years.
PEN PAL The workshops are open to anyone above eight years and the worksheets are specially designed for these classes. According to him, students need to work with different papers for different styles. Chander designs the chisel- cut nib pens that his students use. At the two- hour workshops you learn how to hold the pen at various angles to create complex lines.
HISTORY LESSON Students learn how various curves in each letter reveals emotions, histories, and cultures. Beginners start with the Zepf Chancery style and progress to Gothic, Italics, Italics cursive and Roman.
THE CHALLENGES “Some parents enrol their children for these workshops only to help improve their handwriting,” says Chander who teaches them its heritage value. “Many painters have introduced calligraphy in their artwork, and a lot of interest has been generated,” adds Chander .
COST Rs 2,000 for children, Rs 2,500 for adults for a three - month workshop, Once a week
WHERE L- 92 ( first floor), Lalji Shopping Complex, Munirka; 999345024
There is still hope in case you missed the National Gallery of Modern Art’s annual summer painting workshop for children. Both adults and children can still join the NGMA’s Art Sketch Club, held on Sundays. The art- filled environs of the NGMA are abuzz with activity as white sheets are transformed into bright hued artworks by budding artists.
CREATIVE STREAK The classes are divided into junior, middle, and senior sections. The junior group is generally free to use their imagination. They’re narrated different stories and asked to draw characters that inspire them in the story using pencil, crayons as well as water colours. In this group, you can spot the teacher often surrounded by a group of noisy children, all showing off their sketches of a house, tree, apple, girl, boy and other such objects in their young world. The senior group, aged eight years and above are given models ( both live and objects) and are asked to replicate it. All these activities are supervised by senior artists.
OPEN CANVAS All you need to carry along are brushes, sheets or canvasses, and a board and colours of your choice. The Sunday Sketching Club at NGMA is open for all age groups and classes are taught by senior artists. COST Rs 500 for one year
WHERE National Gallery of Modern Art, India Gate; 23386111