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Exploring Indian painting styles

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:

 

Madeline

 


Cameron S.
Yodsel
Tiana
 

You can see more lovely work, the development and planning of these works, and analysis of other artists’ works in the Tag Dashboard.

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