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    Get hands-on with soft pastels at Forum Art Gallerya��s next workshop

    It may seem the simplest of mediums, but it is also one of the most difficult. Soft pastels are preferred by artistes for its tonal variations and interesting textures. a�?Oil is an easy medium, since you can keep working it. But pastels can be quite challenging because it needs a lot of control to get it right,a�? says Manisha Raju, an artist of acrylic and pastels, who will be conducting a workshop at the Forum Art Gallery next weekend.
    Explaining that the three-hour workshop is open for anyone above 14 years, Raju says it will be a good introduction to the medium. a�?I will teach how to handle pastels and share various techniquesa��like mixing, smudging and shading,a�? says the artist, who admits to practising daily with it at her home in Cholamandal Artistsa�� Village, much like a musician works on his notes.
    The workshop is one of a series being organised by Forum as part of its ongoing art education programme. a�?We encourage beginners to start with soft pastels before they try any other mediums because it helps them get a feel of how to mix colours with their own hands, rather than with a tool,a�? says Shalini Biswajit, the founder of the gallery. Assuring that they will organise follow up classes for those interested, she explains that she chose Raju for the introductory class because the artista��s work (figurative drawings, with an emphasis on women and mythology) lends itself to pastels. a�?Ita��s soft and subtle, not too detail oriented,a�? she concludes.
    At the gallery, on July 25, from 2.30-5.30 pm. Rs 1,500 (inclusive of materials). Details: 42115596


    Surya Praphulla Kumar


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