Lines to paint; it’s all about art!

Art workshops are a rare treat these days. It’s always hard to take time out from this fast paced life and attend a few. But when brought to you, why miss the chance!

The Interior Design department at Manipal University conducted an amazing workshop for us, the Visual Communication students and for a few Interior Design students too, on Sunday, 29th April. It was held in one of the workshops at Manipal Dubai and was conducted by Ms. Sujata Dharap, an artist settled in India, who’s currently visiting Dubai to display her artworks in an exhibition at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC).

A jolly wonderful person, she spent three hours with us talking about the very basics of art to the very intricacies and styles each individual develops along the time once they develop the passion for it.

“Artists, unlike graphic designers are not bound by any briefs; we do what our heart feels like doing, no boundaries.” – Ms. Dharap

She believes art is all about experiencing it first, and then making meaning out of it. Unless you don’t experience it, the art you make becomes redundant. For her, it all starts with abstract lines and slowly builds up to those brilliant pieces of art she has under her name.

Some of her works (

During the workshop, we were assigned multiple tasks; from basic random forms on our notebooks, to pastel coloring on paper, to abstract paintings using just red, blue, and yellow! Boy it was fun! Being a person who’s really fussy on dirtying hands, I ended having paint all over my fingers and nails; had to break my obsessive behavior somehow right?

Random doodles!

Pastel love!

Red, blue, yellow. All our works put together!

At the end, she advised us to enjoy and ‘feel’ the art we do, than just do something that can be labelled off using theoretical learnings, thus making it boring.

Ms. Dharap and a few of us at the end of the day! (Image courtesy: Arathi)

Signing off…


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