City of Rats

Once there was a boy named Jess. He had many pet rats. Once while Jess was in the Central Park with his rats, it began to rain. It was raining cats and dogs! He was soaked in water from head to toe. He wasn’t able to count his rats so he just took whichever one he saw…

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…

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…

Art Exhibition -“Through the Eyes of a Child- 2016”

Exhibiting Artists: Aanvi Jalan, Anya Gupta, Aarushi Kalsi, Shreeya Nair, Mrs, Ritu Sangal,  Ahaana Pandit, Riya Varma, Chief Guest Ms Bulbul Sharma, Vasundhra Jaiswal, Aditi Gupta, Dia Chauhan, Naina Kalra,  Aima Handique, Ananya Jalan, Alia Mohan, Siddharth Jaiswal, Mehul Chabbra, Aman Malhotra Our 18th Annual Exhibition “Through the Eyes of a Child- 2016” The curiosity…

Organic Mask Making Workshop 11th to 20th May 2016

Art and craft go hand in hand and summer holidays are a good time to catch up on your hobbies and interests. Learning to sketch, shade, and compose is as important as learning to design and execute your own craft. For all the creative people who like to learn new crafts, we are conducting an…

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 that is designated for the garbage bin and the local junk collector is called ‘Best out of Waste’ and is the globally…

Découpage

Découpage is a craft/art form that 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…

Winter Workshops for Art and Craft – 2016

The much-awaited winter break is here. This part of the holiday season is more enjoyable than the summer break. The downside is that the air is more polluted and the upside is that we get 15 extra days to be creative. !!! So from 1st to 14th January, to enjoy the extended winter vacation, we at…

Why Rangoli is made – myths and legends.

Rangoli (ran-goal-i) or Floor designs are a popular art form practiced all over India. These designs are made on mud floors and walls. Before any auspicious occasion, they are a must as they are believed to ward off evil.  In earlier times when the floors were mud-splattered with cow dung, rangolis were made every day…

Clay Modelling

We at Culture Chauraha are organizing a 5-day workshop to create three-dimensional clay figures from molds. The participants will create and paint images for Diwali. Duration:    5 days Days:         21st Wednesday, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, and  27th Tuesday,      October 2015 Time:        11 am to 1 pm Age:            Minimum  6 years Contact:     workshops@culturechauraha.com

Repousse or Metalwork

Repousse is the method of working on metal from the reverse side. By hammering and shaping from the back a low relief design or ornamentation is created. I spent a day at Mr. Vivek Das’s Studio to get a feel of the technique. I am posting the photos in a sequence of work 1. Copper sheet fixed…