In-School Workshops

Our long term vision is to incorporate our art program into mainstream education so that children in school learn to appreciate art and develop a life long love for art. If you would like us to help you implement our art programs in your school, please contact us.

NiBS Art Workshop

Windows into Memories

– High School

We made an installation using old teak window frames in varying shapes and sizes which will become frames for the students’ artworks. This could be displayed on a wall if we decide to use one side only, or suspended or standing like a screen if we use both sides.

 

We referenced Indian as well as international artists in our presentation. This was followed by an interactive session where the students are encouraged to voice opinions and engage in a dialogue. A few names we discuss are : Gulam Mohamed Sheikh, Subodh Gupta, Atul Dodiya, Anjolie Ela Menon, Louise Nevelson and some others. We also touch upon Tibetan thangka painting as a traditional symbolic art form.

 

The students responded quickly and eagerly to the project and dug deep to come up with incredibly moving stories from their lives and memories from their school days. They made beautiful series of windows into memories.

Tropical Birds

– Grade 3 and 4

For grades 3 and 4 we were asked to do a project on the theme of tropical birds. We chose to do an oil pastel resist with water colours and referenced the Sri Lankan artist Seneka Senenayake. The students really impressed us by creating incredibly beautiful and very original birds. Our goal of getting each child’s own artistic vision to show in their work really came through with this project and when we completed the workshop we had birds in every shape, colour and size imaginable.

Steam Punk and Doodle Art

– High School

The project was about the students’ individual memories in school and what they will take away with them once they graduate. The result was a mural size artwork with as many silhouettes as student artists. Each silhouette was filled with Steampunk or Doodle art based on the memory theme. The work can be displayed together or apart.

 

Both Steampunk and current Doodle artists like Vladimir Gvoz were referenced, so that the students got an idea of the two different styles. Rekha Rodwittiya, whose art combines portraits and memories, was also referenced. They began with the drawing of their outline which they traced from their photograph projected on the cartridge paper. The students worked with pen and ink and a strong background using poster colours.

 

We are particularly proud of this project and our students who turned out some stunning results.

Schools, Parents and Students say....

The Rainbow Fish Art Programme has been introduced in our school in the current academic year. The curriculum not only helps the students to be creative but also encourages them to appreciate the beauty and aesthetic appeal of various things they often take for granted. The symmetry in the petals of a flower, the unique architectural design of famous buildings, the colour scheme and spacing used in various advertisements…..these are just some of the things a child learns to look at anew. Even without textbooks, the students are able to grasp concepts taught in class and apply the same in application oriented questions in the examination. We take this opportunity to congratulate the team from Rainbow Fish for helping every child find the artist within.

 

Tamara Ann Coelho – Principal (Lady Andal, Chennai)

Perfectly combining art theory, expert teaching and insightful facilitation with the wonder and joy of finding new ways of looking, seeing, thinking and making art, a Rainbow Fish workshop is perhaps best described as a bright and brilliant rainbow of creativity itself! While they make it look all too simple, there is true genius in their ability to help each and every child discover the artist in himself/herself and produce work of an astonishing standard. Remarkably professional and well- planned, it was an absolute delight to have Sara and her team work together with our children during Young At Art, our annual art festival.

 

Pooja Jhaver – Chairperson(NiBS, New Delhi)

Zai (Class 3) has enjoyed it thoroughly, and eagerly looks forward to Thursdays because that is the day they have Art. The variety of media being used, and the varying activities each week have been stimulating.

 

Ms. Maithili Shaan Katari Libby (Parent)

Rainbow Fish has helped open up Adia’s mind to not just art and painting techniques, but also to design principles and the artists themselves. And it has been done in a fun interactive manner by a group of very engaging (and very patient!) teachers. The classes and workshops here are a cut above any art class that I’ve seen in the city. They encourage kids not just to draw, but to think as well.

 

Aarti Mahesh (Parent)

The Rainbow Fish program has benefited my child enormously!

Not only has it helped him develop his creative side, it has enabled me to allow him this exposure.  As a parent who has two children, out of school activities are always a difficult decision.  One is forced to choose between activities of different caliber.  And if you are blessed with children of different interests then you may as well devote yourself to living in your car, driving them around.

Organizations such as Rainbow Fish have helped bring about a fresh and different approach to Non Performing/Creative Arts.  I was thrilled when Sishya adopted this initiative and am more than happy to write this recommendation for the program.   Please consider them favorably.

 

Dr. Priya Subramanian (Parent)

Rainbow Fish Studio’s approach to teaching children art is probably the best in the city. They blend good technique and facts about artists and art movements with creative freedom and lots of fun for the kids and adults). Another plus is the sheer variety of courses that they offer and over the last two years my child has done drawing and painting, craft, aero modeling, clay sculpting and robotics classes at the studio. In short, my kids and I love Rainbow Fish and hope to continue doing many fun courses there.

 

Pavitra Kabir (Parent)