Jaipur Rugs-Business with a heart

Design has been an integral part our lives since the starting. It’s pervasiveness is such that we are unconsciously captivated and intrigued by the articles/objects with the perfect balance of design, colour and texture. It was this balance, which drew Culture Chauraha’s eyes towards Jaipur Rugs at the India Design Fair, 2017. As we walked towards…

Greeting Card Competition Result July 2016

  This years topic for the Greeting Card Art Competition was ‘ Beti Padhao Beti Bachao’ in other words ‘Educate a Daughter   Save a Daughter’ It is a good slogan and the children had some amazing ideas and came up with very good Art Works. They have been rewarded and appreciated by being awarded…

RICA Polythechnic Art Exam Result 2016- Foundation and Advanced

Culture Chauraha has a regular art teaching schedule throughout the year. We impart knowledge in the basics of fine art and colour. The participants are encouraged to observe, comprehend, think and visually create their compositions using logic and imagination with a lot of other aspects thrown in. An art exam is conducted under the aegis…

The Dal Lake in Srinagar

The moment Srinagar is mentioned, Dal Lake and the image of the shikara immediately comes to mind. The Dal surrounded by the Zabarwan Mountains, with floating houseboats, a thriving tourist floating market of curios and clusters of water fountains in the lake, all add to its natural beauty. Changing views with the changing weather, the…

Masks

Masks or ‘mask making’ is an involved art form requiring a lot of skill and creativity. In Urdu, the word is ‘naqab’, which means a false face as does the Hindi word ‘mukhauta’. ‘Mask’ , in English means to cover or hide from view, conceal, façade, camouflage, veil, etc. When we create a false face to cover…

Almond Villa, Srinagar- A great Homestay

  I went for a five day Miniature Painting Workshop organized by Dr. Jyotsna Singh in Srinagar from 21st to 25th May 2016. It was a great experience staying and learning at the same time in such lush green surroundings and views to die for. During our stay the weather was warm for the first…

Block Printing on Fabric

Wooden block Block printing is an age old method of hand printing on fabric and paper.  There are many different techniques to create surface designs. Some of them are dyeing the entire white fabric, dyeing the fabric by using the resist method, painting with a brush, which is a time consuming method to cover large…

Collage Painting Art Competition

This year (2016) when I asked my young artists to conceptualize paintings for an art competition I was pleasantly surprised that the medium was collage. It was a challenge to explain the concept to my young students but once they grasped the concept they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. This is apparent in the amazing paintings produced…

Best out of Waste

Being in the creative field, teaching, guiding and executing is very exciting. Designing and creating something meaningful and beautiful, from ordinary and mundane things leads to a high sense of achievement. Using material which is designated for the garbage bin and the local junk collector is called ‘Best out of Waste’ and is the globally…

Cross stitch Embroidery

Using Cross stitch is the easiest method of embroidery on fabric. The entire design is made of crosses in different colours. To enable embroidery the fabric weave has small holes at equidistance and this makes counting very easy. The weave can be fine or thick and depending on the weave the designs can be simple…

Découpage

Découpage as a craft/art form is very old. I became aware of decoupage as an art form by reading about it in an encyclopedia. The article aroused my curiosity and on reading that the method is to paste cut out pictures or dried flowers and leaves on a wooden surface embedded in varnish I decided…

Beekeeping- An Ancient Practice

I walk every day in the little forest/ park near my house.  It is full of trees, shrubs, as well as, beautiful flowers  in the winter season.  On entering this area you see many squirrels and birds, not afraid of humans as there are a lot of people walking, running and doing yoga, who also…