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Morgan Stanley celebrates volunteering day with colours!

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The team at Morgan Stanley wanted to do something special and different for their volunteering day. There were many objectives to achieve – team building, having fun along with being able to make a difference in someone’s life.

They decided to brighten up the walls of a hospital with the help of the Art for Akanksha team.

We took the theme of ‘things that make me happy and things that I’m grateful for’ and opened it out for brainstorming in both the teams and came up with an interesting list of moments that we all feel grateful for. It ranged from family, friends, sunshine to education and food and music to playing football or feeling your hair in the wind as you cycle!

We took this list of a mix of serious as well as the whimsical into simple sketches, which were painted on 35 canvases and through a serious of workshops, got over 200 employees from two of the Morgan Stanley offices to paint on them.

The workshops were simple, fun and for most of the participants really surprising. They surprised themselves and each other with what they could do with colours. And we hope that the art brightens up many hospital walls!

Art Comes to Grant Road Station

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Grant Road Station, 10 am, October 2, Gandhi Jayanti. It’s unbelievable how much action there was. A little team from Akanksha painted away on a dirty, wet portion of the station as part of a larger initiative to make the railway stations of the city a little less dreary.

Before we knew it, a painter on his way to work dropped by to give us his suggestions, a father with his five year old decided to not go where he was going and joined us instead! The organisers were so excited that they became our team of painters.

It’s amazing how things happen even when they feel like they’re not happening.

Hats off to the little team of Akanksha alumni, headed by Suraj, who worked on this!

This is one of the two walls that the Akanksha team is painting.

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

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Lending a Home to Art!

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To help us in our endeavour to spread the message of art and its immense possibilities in impacting the lives of our children, Art for Akanksha supporters decided to come together by…lending us their homes!

They decided that a simple way to raise money for art education was to bring their family and friends into their homes and to overwhelm them by a crazy riot of colours in the form of our products designed to be bursting with energy and vibrancy.

It’s a simple yet powerful concept. The Art for Akanksha Home Bazaars.

Over the years, we’ve had many of our ardent supporters lend their homes to us for a day – to turn their living rooms into a bazaar space, but one which is more intimate and personal. It becomes a space to understand what art can do for children and how they in turn can support it – through sales, donations, teaching and volunteering.

As we launch a new collection of designs and products for the festive season, the Home Bazaars become an incredible tool for us to meet new people, and open up opportunities in many new directions.

Here’s a little peak into our gracious hosts Indu and Shameek Bhargava’s home. We were overwhelmed by their love and wonderful response from their friends and family.

If you’ve missed the excitement here, you can catch us again at Riyana and Ishani’s home tomorrow, September 23rd, from 11am to 7pm, at 1101 Callalily, Z Wing, Nahar Amrit Shakti Chandivali, Powai. Bring your friends along to witness the magic of art and children. Do help us spread the word!

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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

 

 

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.

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.

The Stories A Wall Can Tell

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We believe art can bring different people together, tell their stories in a unique way, be a way to unwind and connect with yourself and others. We believe art can have a huge impact on our lives and there are examples of that all around us.

Art for Akanksha came together with a team of volunteers from Godrej to do all of that and a little bit more.

On World Volunteer Day, around 60 volunteers from Godrej painted with 6 Akanksha alumni to transform the walls of a pukka Municipal School in Mumbai. This group together helped over a 125 children repaint the walls of their schools – walls that they saw everyday with messages that would remind them of the importance of health and sanitation in their school as well as home.

Art for Akanksha + Ummeed = a 65 foot long mural!

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The Brief:

How do you get a group of people who meet once a year to get to know each other, create something special as a team that benefits organisations working with children, do it in 2 hours, push them out of their comfort zone and ensure that it’s an experience that will stay with them forever!?

Art for Akanksha’s response!

Just paint a mural with the Akanksha children. We can paint anything on any surface, any time, any place and with anyone who will paint with us!!

The Akanksha alumni painted a 65 foot long version of Eric Carle’s book ‘The hungry caterpillar’ in 2 hours with a group of Dartmouth alumni. The group of 15 people had not painted in years and certainly not on such a large surface. They meet every year but this was the first time they were meeting in such a unique manner. The mural was painted in the Ummeed office.  Ummeed’s mission is to help children with disabilities or at high risk for disabilities, reach their maximum potential and be included in society.

The experience was one that left everyone feeling good about what they did, felt that they had been pushed to try something new and it was amazing to watch the team and children at Ummeed react to their new wall.

Many thanks to Nandita and Raj who made this happen and for Vibha and her team at Ummeed for having complete faith in Art for Akanksha.

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

 


 

 

 

 

A Diwali Makeover with Art for Akanksha Murals

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Rian’s Room

Rian wanted his room painted. It needed to capture what was important to him. The designer working in his home as well as his mom, simply could not put a brief down. We got the chance to meet, see the room and hear the story he wanted depicted. It had to have superman, show his home planet as well as earth, had to have him zooming to rescue someone, a building on fire was a must, and of course an alien spaceship!

 

Art for Akanksha to the rescue!! We can paint anything on anything!

So with a tiny team we helped Rian with a few sketches, got him to do research and find reference images as well as work on his own sketch and then sent in a more stylised design of what we could do for him.

2 akanksha alumni worked with him through the day to paint his wall and were joined by his mom, dad, nani and sister as well! Each brought in their own way style and philosophy as well as additions to the mural. Rian’s sister even added a tower with Rupanzel’s hair flowing down!

What started as a simple superman to the rescue story evolved and unfolded before us – there were pancakes on fire, spongebob’s home, a catapulting ice cream store and many other such additions which made his wall and his room a special little part of the home.

 

The experience was one which gave Rian a chance to be a part of the process from start to end, pushed him to express his thoughts, to be fine with the understanding that ideas evolve and change and grow as you work on them as well as to make him see that its important to push yourself to do things you’re not always confident about.

 

If you want a mural painted, get in touch with us. We’ll help you create a story of your own.

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