Imagine getting away from the bustle of city life for a weekend by the sea, surrounded by coconut groves, the smell of the ocean and an opportunity to indulge in some art. This is what Art De Tour promises with their Painting Holiday at GG Gardens, near the Madras Crocodile bank next weekend. Sumitha Sundaram, state head of Aavishkar India—an organisation that plans activity-based art workshops for children—is the brain behind the getaway. Participants (20 years and above) get to enjoy the two-day workshop in serene locales.
This time around, the workshop, the third of its kind, goes to ECR and will see Nirupam Konwar, a 27-year-old artist, leading the pack. “We plan to make this a complete outdoor session, where people will paint exactly what they see and not be inhibited by a theme,” he says, adding that he has previously held workshops in Bengaluru and Guwahati. “Watercolour is a difficult medium. It needs more care and time which a getaway like this permits,“ he smiles. While paper will be provided, participants are to carry their own colours and brushes to paint themes of their choice inspired by the garden and sea view available at the venue. Although a non-residential workshop, accomodation can be arranged with prior notice for the workshop that goes on from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.
Having attended Art De Tour’s getaways in Karadimalai last year (as a participant), Konwar was impressed. “The experience of seeing someone pick up your art and enjoy it is very fulfilling,” says the Bengaluru-based artist, who has worked as a texturing and concept artist in the gaming industry for biggies like EA, Technicolour and Microsoft.
Rs 4,800. September 10-11.
— Lavanya Lakshminarayanan