'Geeli Mitti' Teaching Fellowship 2017-18 Exhibition
Venue: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Ojas Art, Delhi
Supported by KNMA, Teaching Fellow: Sonam Chaturvedi
TEACHING FELLOWSHIP YEAR
A foundation course in art for young people in care
Every year we give a grant to an artist - our Teaching Fellow - to work with one care home in Delhi. The artist teaches a foundation course in visual art to about 20 students (aged 14 to 18) from the care home with a talent and passion for art.
Through twelve intensive workshops s/he leads the students through a comprehensive experience of art education, exploring techniques, media, art history and aesthetics. The artist takes them on field visits to art colleges, exhibitions and art fairs.
Beyond the teaching of technical skills and insight into art history and aesthetics the artist encourages participants to use art as a tool for the critical exploration of the world, seeks to cultivate their imaginative, creative and reflective skills and encourages them to find an individual expressive voice.
The sustained contact between the students and the artist, who becomes a mentor figure, is unique and powerful.
At the end of the year the students put up an exhibition of their work at KNMA, which is accompanied by a catalogue. Works are for sale and typically sell very well– the proceeds go to the artists.
The artist is guided by an expert panel of artist-educators who meet at least three times during the fellowship year.
Past teaching fellows and care homes:
2015-16: Anni Kumari at Aman Biradari - Rainbow Homes
2016-17: Vandana Kothari at Udayan Care
2017-18: Sonam Chaturvedi at Salaam Baalak Trust