From the Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean
Week I begin your journey in southern India. Bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, southern India is known for its lush tropical beaches and undisturbed wildlife sanctuaries that house elephants, bengal tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaurs and more. During Week I create many different kinds of art, sing, compose, dance, and retell stories—all inspired by the cultural traditions and natural beauty of the region.
From the Himalayas to the Ganges
Week 2 travel to northern India and learn how traditional art forms and dances have been transformed by modern day influences. Explore the natural and built wonders of northern India, from the towering Himalaya mountain range, home to many rare animals, to the famous Taj Mahal. Create a one-of-kind musical instrument, a marionette puppet, as well as art work inspired by traditional art forms, skills and techniques.
Pre-school children ages 4-5 years register for “A Start with the Arts” offered morning only both weeks.
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Ages 4-5: A Start with the Arts $150
Ages 6-12: Half Day: $150, Full Day: $295
Aftercare available until 5pm at $7.00/day
Friday, June 16, 2018 but classes fill very quickly. We support children attending camp with a friend and will place them in the same class. Half day offered both morning and afternoon. Class ratio: 1 teacher/15 students. Confirmation letters and directions sent out June 23, 2018. In addition, partial scholarships are available.
ArtStart Members*: Receive a 10% discount!
June 5- July 1: 20% of fee forfeited
July 2- July 8: 50% of fee forfeited
July 9 or later: 100% of fee forfeited
1300 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
Lunch and Snacks
Full day students need to bring a lunch. Lunch is supervised. Children should also bring a morning and afternoon fruit break.
After care is supervised and unstructured so that children can relax. Children are free to bring games, or books and to make art on their own. If we show videos, we like to provide further learning about a culture through documentaries or stories. Extended day students should also bring an additional snack.
Each Friday family and friends of pre- schoolers and school age children are invited to attend ArtStart’s Informance where children share their art work and performances created throughout the week. A flyer will be sent home mid-week announcing the time and place of the Friday Informance.
401 DRAWING & PAINTING
Tanjore painting is one of the most popular art forms of Southern India. An ancient art, Tanjore painting incorporates semi-precious stones, glass and gold into the painting. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to create your own Tanjore inspired painting complete with jeweled cabochons, gold foil and more.
From the Raga to the Tala
Musician and composer Nirmala Rajasekar takes you on an exciting journey to southern India through music and storytelling. Practice singing simple melodic intervals (raga) and clapping polyrhythmic patterns(tala). Then work together as a group to learn songs based on a story from the Panchatantra, the Aesop Fables of India.
Painting & Printing on Fabric
Join artist Meg Erke to learn how to hand-paint and block print on cotton fabric. Inspired by the traditional art of Kalamkari from south India, create colorful wearable art that incorporates images of elephants, tigers, peacocks and more along with traditional patterning. Then wear your art to our Friday celebration. Additional $10 materials fee.
A Festival of Tigers
Pulikkali is a traditional art form in which people dress up as tigers. The word Pulikkali means “tiger play” or “tiger dance” and is part of the Onam Festival, a harvest festival, celebrated in the state of Kerala, southeast India. Join artists Julie and Gustavo Boada and create your own tiger mask, costume, and dance, performing tiger antics at our Friday informance.
405 SHADOW PUPPETRY
Ganesh and Color Shadow Puppets
India has a rich history of shadow puppetry. Discover the gorgeous world of color shadow puppets working with artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch. Explore many stories of the Hindu God Ganesh, the little boy with a baby elephant head. Then learn how to make your own batik-like puppets and create a shadow show!
406 FOLK ARTS
Traditions of India Through the Arts
Artist Shakun Maheshwari introduces you to India through art, dance, and story. Learn about traditional Indian dress, foods, celebrations and more. Then plan and create a colorful rangoli art work that incorporates traditional patterns and designs.
From Batiks to Dhurries
Work with an artist to explore several textile techniques from dyeing to weaving. First create a batik using a modified wax-resist technique and dyeing applied to cloth. Then create dhurrie placemats using a simple weft and warp weaving technique. Display your handiwork at our Friday celebration!
Artists Julie Boada and Gustavo Boada tell stories from the Panchatantra, the oldest collection of Indian short stories. Each story teaches an important life lesson through animal fables. Create a miniature or toy theater, characters, and props to retell your favorite story from the Panchatantra.
409 MIXED MEDIA
The Art of Chess
Chess is perhaps India’s oldest and most loved indoor board game. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to design and create your own chess board and tokens based on the amazing wildlife and ocean life of southern India using sculpy, mosaic tiles, paints, mylars, and more. On the last day play a chess game with your classmates!
Painted Ceramic Tiles
The art of painting on ceramic tiles originated in 15th century Portugal and traveled to India when the Portuguese settled in Goa, a region bordering the Arabian Sea. Known as Azulejo tiles, they are still created today. Work with artist Megan Monson to design and paint a tile series and mug using special paint
501 DRAWING & PAINTING
Some of the best known Indian folk paintings are the Mithila paintings from the Madhubani region of Bihar state in northeast India. For centuries the women of Mithila have decorated the walls of their houses with these intricate paintings. Work with artist Karen Anderson to draw and paint your own Mithila inspired masterpiece.
Kathak Dance: the Storytelling Dance of North India
Music, hand gestures, facial expression, rhythm, footwork, pirouettes and body movements all come together to tell stories of Indian origin. Work with internationally recognized Katha dancer Rita Mustaphi to learn this traditional dance form coupled with Indian folk arts from Mehendi to Alpana.
Putting the Pieces Together
The Himalaya mountains are a geological wonder and the pride of India. Animals that inhabit the Himalayas include the illusive snow leopard and clouded leopard, as well as the Himalayan vulture, wild yak, red panda, wolf, blue sheep, and black bear. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn about Himalayan wildlife and habitat. Then create a mosaic tile of your favorite Himalayan animal. Additional $10 materials fee.
504 PUPPETRY AND STORYTELLING
Kathputli is the Indian name for “string puppet theatre.” Native to Rajasthan in northern India, it is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Work with artists Julie and Gustavo Boada to create your own marionette puppet and join the ArtStart puppet troupe to retell a favorite Indian fable.
505 FOLK ARTS
Traditions of India Through the Arts
Artist Shakun Maheshwari introduces you to India through art, dance, and story. Learn about traditional Indian dress, foods, celebrations like the Festival of Light or Divali, and the importance of the Ganges River considered the most sacred river in India. Create a mandala, henna art, and more.
The Unforgettable Elephant
Elephants are not only a cultural icon in India and throughout Asia, they also help to maintain the integrity of the forest and grassland habitats. Learn about the environmental challenges Asian elephants face and what the people of India are doing about it. Work with artist Karen Anderson to create a clay sculpture, a container, and small amulet incorporating images of the Asian elephant. Additional $10 material fee.
Embroidery Moochi Aari Style
In India beaded embroidery, Moochi Aari or just Aari, is a popular way to decorate garments and other furnishings. Join artist Julie Boada as she teaches the technique of using a special needle to apply beads, pearls, and sequins to fabric. Then using the Aari technique create your own special Indian inspired design on fabric and wear it to our Friday informance.
India Is Tops!
A popular toy and musical improvisation come together in this dynamic class. The lattu or “the spinning top” is a popular toy and game played in many parts of India. Work with instrument maker and composer Douglas R. Ewart to create your own wooden top. Then use your top in a surprising way in an improvisational music composition performed with Ewart at our Friday informance. Additional $10 materials fee.
509 DECORATIVE ARTS
Rajasthan in northern India is the main center for brass engraving. Traditional designs and floral patterns are hammered or embossed on the surface of the metal. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn the technique of embossing. Then incorporate traditional Indian designs and create a beautiful photo frame or box wrapped in metal. Additional $10 materials fee.
Monuments & Temples
The Taj Mahal, known as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”, the Red Fort of Agra, as well as the Golden Temple, and Qutub Minar are all grand examples of the Mughal empire which ruled India for 200 years. Work with artist Gustavo Boada to unlock the wonders of these structures. Then design and construct a modern building incorporating your own ideas and unique elements from these buildings.
A Start With the Arts meets daily Monday-Friday and offers 4-5 year-olds the opportunity to work with art educator Majken Elsberry and guest artists from India to explore the art, culture, and wildlife of India through singing, movement, drama, art making and other hands-on activities. The program for pre-schoolers parallels the school-age program in theme and content, Southern India: July 9-13 and Northern India: July 16-20. A Start With the Arts children share their art work and perform at the Friday school-age informance.