If unity in diversity is anything to be believed in then there could not be a better example wherein eight art students of the Abhinav Art College came together to draw a fusion art piece on a 6 x 7ft canvas depicting the theme Bridging Cultures in art through painting.Through art,we wanted to express ourselves and show that even though India is a land of many diverse cultures we all eventually speak the same language when it comes to expressing ourselves through art, says Vaibhav Shah of Open Space,the organisation that organised the camp for the eight students between February 23 and 28. The weeklong art project saw the students work on a collage painting that eventually turned out to be a decent effort. The idea was to see how eight different artists with varied styles of painting would gel together to create one big painting, he adds. The camp saw the eight students- Kunal Jain,Anil Sonawane,Laxman Chavan,Datta Jamale,Vijay Shinde,P Gurunath,Amit Joshi and Mahindra Galgale,participate in the event.
With other class ten graders busy preparing for their board exams Nishitha Dalal,a student of the Mercedes Benz School decided to extend her class ten project to help autistic children of the Prasanna Autistic Centre by auctioning paintings made by her classmates,teachers and family members. Speaking about the project Nishitha says,The idea of helping out autistic children came when I was scouting options to do my class ten project. I spoke to my schoolteachers about this decision of mine and they began to help me with the idea. Eventually after searching for centres,which work with such children,we found the Prasanna Autistic Centre,run by Padmaja Godbole. We got in touch with her and she was only to happy to endorse my project. Speaking more about the project Monica Drego,one of her teachers says,We all sat down and discussed the idea with her classmates and everyone decided to pitch in. The paintings here are made by amateur artists and are therefore priced within a price range of Rs 1500-3000. The money from the auction proceedings will go to the centre for helping the students. A presentation was made by Padmaja Godbole wherein she spoke about the needs of autistic children and how patience and love go a long way in helping in the development of these children. Some of the paintings on display had interesting themes ranging right from abstract themes,geometric cubic shapes to sceneries and pencil sketches. The pictures will be on display and for auction at Stonewater Grill for the next two days.