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This is a special space – one where the team of teachers, staff, children, alumni, partners and customers use their colours, shiny sequins and pompoms to talk about their art ideas, stories, triumphs as well as challenges. This is the voice of Art for Akanksha.

A palette full of happiness

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When there’s art and oodles of colour there can only be an abundance of joy and happiness. And that was the sole objective of the mural painting activity organised by Novartis in partnership with Art for Akanksha for the children of St. Borges Home – a hospice that offers shelter to many a child and adult who come to Mumbai for cancer treatment.

The plain white walls of the St Borges hall/ cafeteria slowly metamorphosed into an expression of joyous abandon as the Novartis employees teamed up with St. Borges children and were guided by the Akanksha design class alumni. They all dabbled with colours and created some of their own. They painted with their fingers and gave the art on the wall a voice so unique!

The fabulous outcome doesn’t just reflect off the walls today, but will stay on as colourful memories with all those who participated at St. Borges Home.

Art for Akanksha murals are a great way to have a space transformed while painting with a group of little artists from Akanksha. We paint office spaces, bedrooms, schools – we just need a brief and a wall!! Get in touch with ruchika.gupta@akanksha.org

 

 

Alumni Feature: “The dot helped me realise my potential”

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Hi. I am Sana. I am an Akanksha alumnus. I joined design class when everything was going wrong for me and I had really low self esteem. But the more classes I attended the more I learnt about myself. I learnt that I should never laugh at anyone or pull them down. I learnt that I should always encourage people and help them grow in confidence.

In art class I came up with my own unique style of using dots. It was a phase where I only used dots and I would get completely engrossed in them. The dot was a mirror that helped me realise my potential. I’ve tried to bring it back again! Hope you like it.

 

Watch out for the ‘Art for Akanksha Retrospective Collection’ which brings back some of the art, products as well as students that go back almost 25 years and brings it back to the present.  It is about ideas, motifs and themes that keep the essence of its Akanksha creators but with a more modern feel.

 

Alumni Feature: “Art class taught me to believe in myself”

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“Hi. I am Naval. I am an Akanksha alumnus. Art class taught me to believe in myself and never give up in any situation. I started my journey here as a student and today I teach art to all my students. Whatever I’ve learned so far through art, I’d like to give back to all my kids.

The fish motif used to be a predominant feature in all my art work as a child. I’ve tried to bring it back in a new avatar. Hope you like it.”

 

Watch out for the ‘Art for Akanksha Retrospective Collection’ which brings back some of the art, products as well as students that go back almost 25 years and brings it back to the present.  It is about ideas, motifs and themes that keep the essence of its Akanksha creators but with a more modern feel.

These are a few of my favorite things!

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“Art, according to me, should be appreciated. And what better way to appreciate art than through your early morning cup of coffee every day?”

“My Akanksha coffee mug, containing a beautiful picture of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous painting, the Starry Night, is definitely my most favorite Akanksha product. Everyone who sees it always end up asking me where I purchased it from, because it’s definitely the most gorgeous coffee mug they’ve ever come across. Another plus point to this product is that it’s a perfect size, giving me just the amount of coffee I need to get through my days!”

Surabhi Batra, 27 years

Art & Craft: What’s that Splash!

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We are back again! This art activity is especially for those children who love to get messy. It’s about teaching them that art can be created out of even the biggest mess, and how they can explore, see things differently and develop new ideas through art.

Suitable for 5 to 8 year olds

Materials Needed:

  • Cartridge paper
  • Black markers
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Primary colors
  • Brushes

Method:

Take some paint in your brush and put it on paper. Add a couple of colors and then a little water. Hold the paper and let the paint move around till it looks like a mess!

Wait for it to dry.

As the sheet is drying, pull out a pre-painted / dried sheet of paper. Ask your child to look really hard. Can they see anything in there? Help by starting – “Oh, I see a giraffe! Let me outline it with a marker.” Before you know it, you will see an entire scene in that mess!

Once their sheets are dry, let them start looking. Let them outline it with a marker.

Don’t forget to appreciate their outstanding creativity!

Thoughts and After Questions:

Was it easy or was it difficult? When you really look hard, you can see amazing things!

The Art for Akanksha workshops create a common platform for children and adults from different sections of the society to interact with each other. The sessions empower each of them with the knowledge, that no matter how different they are, they have the same potential.

‘Be the Change’ Jar

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Inspired by Gandhiji, Akanksha’s ‘Be the Change’ Project gives you a chance to experience service and the power of doing good. If you do one good thing for two people, and those two people do something good for another two people in just ten days more than 1000 people have had something good happen to them. It starts with one person – you.

Pull a card out each day.  Push yourself to connect with someone different, to do something difficult, to reach out and care.  Experience the joy of being human. Be the Change.

To order your ‘Be the Change’ Jar email us at art@akanksha.org or call us at 65246333. These are great giveaways, something that everyone will cherish.

These are a few of my favorite things!

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“Is it a credit card? Is it a coaster? No, it’s a pen drive!

This pen drive is unlike any other – unique in every way. With its fascinating shape and beautiful patterns, this pen drive has left many people staring at it in awe. Not only does it have an intelligent and wonderful design, but it also has an extremely interesting way of working. Figuring out how to use it is like an exciting little mystery – a mystery that I absolutely adore.”

Tanisha Nalavadi, 16 years

 

Styrofoam Printing

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Hey parents, here is an interesting activity to do with your children, we guarantee loads of fun! And all it will take is a bit of imagination and some colors!

Suitable for 5 to 8 year olds

Material needed:

  • Cartridge paper
  • Styrofoam bowls
  • Pencils that are blunt
  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Rough paper/ newspaper
  • styrofoam printing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-work:

Begin by showing them a print that you have made! Ask them to guess how it was made. Sometimes things look very complicated but they really are not!

Method:

Let the child take the Styrofoam bowl and with a pencil (which is not too sharp) draw flowers on them. They have to put a little pressure on the bowl so that it leaves an impression. They should fill the entire space with design leaving a few gaps here and there.

With a brush, apply paint on the design and gently place it on the paper. They will need to do this a few times before they get a hang of the process and the prints really start looking clear. Do a step by step demo so that the child understands.

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Thoughts and after questions:

Did you think it would be so easy? What did you learn? This is called printing and it can be a lot of fun. Can you think of where you’ve seen printing? Clothes, books… there are so many examples, which you can show them to connect the dots!

 

The Art for Akanksha workshops create a common platform for children and adults from different sections of the society to interact with each other. The sessions empower each of them with the knowledge, that no matter how different they are, they have the same potential.

Boundary-less Art

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Six bright, enterprising Middle School students at ASB selected Art for Akanksha for their CSR project. They tried to understand some of the key issues faced by the organisation. They interacted with the team, alumni, and the art students and came up with solutions that helped AFA address some of these issues, particularly around social media outreach. Here’s an article from the group on what they felt after meeting Zeenat, an Art for Akanksha alumni.

Zeenat joined an Akanksha school when she was just eight years old and became a part of the art project at Akanksha (Art for Akanksha) at the age of ten. As she speaks of her experience at Art for Akanksha, she says, “I learnt that just like artists who can draw, paint, or create beautiful art, even we can express ourselves through art.” She believed that one doesn’t need to be a great artist to paint or create something big. Even a layman can draw the simplest of things. But these simple things can turn into wonderful creations only if we put in our wholehearted effort and determination. Zeenat’s confidence and belief in herself stood out for us.

Her art was a reflection of herself; it was a window for the world to see who she was and what she could do. “I use colours differently because I don’t want to do what everybody else is doing. Art has given me the confidence to express my feelings through colours.” We realised that art had not only boosted her confidence, but also opened up future opportunities for her. Armed with the knowledge of all the art that she’d been exposed to through the years and a sense of independence and increased self belief, she wants to become a famous fashion designer one day. Zeenat’s future was set in motion and we were excited for her!

Zeenat believes that being with the Akanksha program all these years has helped her get more clarity. “Because I know what I want to do with my future… It’s not important that I draw perfectly but it’s important that I am able to express my creativity.” Zeenat had managed to paint her future in front of our eyes… It was bright, colourful and boundary less.

We wish you the very best, Zeenat!