MYP – DP Art Excursion
Students of MYP (Middle Years Programme) and DP (Diploma Programme) of Victorious Kidss Educares (VKE), visited an Art Excursion on 12th November 2022, at the World Trade Centre and the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. The main objective behind this field trip was to provide an opportunity to students to reflect on their own learning and to make connections between different areas of knowledge. This art excursion “Artival” made students aware of their own perspectives and interdisciplinary understanding. Students interacted with the participating artists to understand their emotional connection with art and their journey as an artist.
Art refers to a diverse range of human activities in creating visual artefacts and display the artist’s imaginative skill. Art is intended to be appreciated for its beauty and emotional power. In essence, art is a way to express emotions in a non-generic way.
Words from one of our DP student “Defined colours, lines, shapes and perspectives have always been some of the features of artwork that attract my thought and senses. I never truly understood the true essence of most abstract artwork. While I was at the exhibition, an artwork caught my eye. I was drawn towards it and analysed it for few minutes until I realised that it was truly a captivating work. The minimal usage of strokes and colour allowed the light to create a visual image of Lord Ganesha in the mind of the viewer.
The artist implicitly captured the emotional and artistic form of Lord Ganesha. This artwork completely changed my opinion on abstract art and raised my curiosity. I thought experimenting with abstract art could help me express my emotions on the canvas and reflect on it in future.”
Another valuable experience shared by MYP5 student “There were artists from different walks of life who spoke different languages, made different type of art. Two artists at the exhibition included Mr. Vishal Sabley, our Visual arts teacher and Mr. Vishwajeet Kumar, Head of the visual arts department. Vishal sir’s artwork displayed use of oil paint to create an orange and purple eye-shadow for the characters while Vishwajeet sir used white colour to create a focal point about light. Few artists used stippling and small strokes of black pen. The artwork displayed at the show had all kinds of mediums and techniques. Some artists used only oil paint or acrylic, while others created mixed media painting. Each painting had a unique texture.
Artwork around the gallery showcased varied themes, like mythological based on Lord Ganesha, Krishna and Radha, Shakti, Shiva, and many more gods and goddesses. Few artists also created art based on animals, abstract art, real life and social issues. This trip was quite helpful for us as students, to explore different aspects of humanity through the lens of different artists and their unique techniques. It helped us to understand the perspective of personal and cultural expression. Artist’s beliefs were showcased throughout the artwork, such as emphasising 21st century issues like feminine strength, as an ode to female empowerment. This exhibition promoted a feeling of oneness, through understanding of other’s beliefs. This trip helped us realise, there is unity in diversity.” This trip enabled students to understand and compare the work of artists from different cultural background. This helped them understand Visual Art in context. They realised about different visual Art methods and techniques. They got the opportunity to explore different techniques and processes used.
They also got the opportunity to understand ways of presenting art. This Art exhibition was an opportunity one must experience in order to have an outstanding hold over the concepts of art. Students had the opportunity to interact with a various professionals, including curators, art historians, artists and art critics. They posed them questions and got their insights on how artistic choices were made to meticulously communicate knowledge and understanding. Interaction with those experts will help them decide their career prospects.