Shakun Maheshwari | Visual Arts

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Shakun Maheshwari | Visual Arts

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Shakun is a visual artist who works in many genres. She began her artistic life in her native India, learning traditional folk arts from her mother and grandmother. With formal art training in graphic design, photography and various other mediums, she has enhanced her background and teaching methods. Shakun uses her folk art background to make connections with other cultures and is dedicated to teaching all students the creative process.

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Sample Programs: Customizable To Site’s Needs

Residencies

Impermanent Art

Learn about Indian culture, history and celebrations through art.  We will be exploring the uses of temporary art, or art made from chalk, sand, rice flour or henna.  Residency projects may include Rangoli, Mandalas, or Henna.  Rangoli designs are a temporary floor art that people create and redo on a daily basis in India in order to bring good luck and happiness to the home.  Create stylized rangoli designs with flour or colored sand, which can be displayed temporarily or transferred to paper.  For instance, colored sand can be “painted” to make a Mandala on paper.  Students may learn how to create traditional Indian designs and use henna for body decoration.  Henna is a plant known for its reddish color and is used to decorate the body for special occasions such as Indian weddings and celebrations.  In impermanent art, creating the art is more important than the art itself.

Note: Requires at least two hours of workshops

 

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Folk arts result from the creativity of ordinary people working with ordinary materials. Shakun demonstrates the rich cultural heritage of India, linking it to other countries with similar folk art materials and designs. Experience Indian culture, clothing, and language and make art using traditional materials. Possible projects includemosaic, acrylic sheet painting, block printing, batik and relief carving. Shakun helps children develop critical thinking skills and their imagination to create extraordinary projects with ordinary materials.

Designs and motifs change according to the materials and their uses in festivals and celebrations.

Relief Carving, Block Printing, Acrylic Painting: 3rd grade+

Batik, Fabric Painting, Mosaic:  7th grade+

 

Workshops

Henna Designs

Learn how to create traditional Indian designs and use henna for body decoration.  Henna is a plant known for its reddish color and is used to decorate the body for special occasions such as Indian weddings and celebrations.  In impermanent art, creating the art is more important than the art itself.

Sand Painting & Rangoli

Learn about Indian culture, history and celebrations through art.  We will be exploring the uses of temporary art, or art made from chalk, sand, or rice flour.  Rangoli designs are a temporary floor art that people create and redo on a daily basis in India in order to bring good luck and happiness to the home.  Create stylized rangoli designs with flour or colored sand, which can be displayed temporarily or transferred to paper.  For instance, colored sand can be “painted” to make a Mandala on paper. 

Note: Requires at least two hours of workshops