In Art this term, Grade 10 students have been investigating and exploring some of the dominant styles of Indian painting. Using the epic tale The Ramayana as a common subject matter, we have investigated the characteristics of Patachitra, Patua, Madhubani and Mughal Miniature paintings. While analyzing a piece that depicts a moment from The Ramayana, students focus on three things: style, story and character. Initial research and analysis helps identify the stylistic conventions of the genre, while creating a pastiche (partial copy) provides the opportunity to experiment with different media as well as physically explore those stylistic conventions.
Pastiche by Sydney
Pastiche by Fatima
As a follow up to the unit of work entitled “Telling Tales” from our Boston term, a focus on the visual depictions of one epic tale allows for a deeper understanding of narrative storytelling in art, and students are able to compare and contrast how a moment or character are depicted by various artists.
Students have completed an original piece in two of the aforementioned styles, each depicting a scene or moment from The Ramayana. Here’s a selection of some of the great work the grade 10 students are doing:
You can see more lovely work, the development and planning of these works, and analysis of other artists’ works in the Tag Dashboard.