The best way to describe "In the name of Meera" would be an art school where not only the GRAMMAR of art is taught but also the very delicate path of becoming an artist is dealt upon. Apart from that, we also provide a platform to showcase the work of various artists and encourage positive interaction between them.There are basically five categories of paintings taught here
The artists are divided among different groups based on their knowledge of the fundamentals. Starting from the "STARTERS" which include the kids who have recently joined and are new to the techniques to the "WHY DO I DRAW" group which consists of mature grown ups expressing themselves through their art.
The Generic Curriculum
Starters- Those kids who have recently joined the class and are new to the techniques.
Colors- Belongs to the kids who have got decent hand balance and are currently doing full page coloring. Their shapes are almost perfect.
Drawing- These kids are confident about coloring and are practicing the art of sketching now. No 'join the dots' for them. Their domain starts from drawing simple drawings and coloring them to drawing full page drawing and coloring.
Drawing Advance- This group is to make the kids independently finish a work. Step by step process is discarded here.
Shaders- Here the effect of light is introduced. Technically the students learn to vary their hand balance. Also, they understand the role light plays in bringing the painting closer to reality.
Shaders advance- Shading using pencil.
Portrait- Right from the features of a human face to complex human faces.
Water Color- For those who have completed the curriculum of oil pastels and are into the basics of water color; includes scenery and still life. Basics of human figures are taught here.
Acrylic- Fundamentals of acrylic medium are covered. Basics of animals and birds are also dealt in detail.
Oil paint- Consists of grown ups and those who have completed the curriculum till acrylic.
Now, what happens in the class? Is there a process to teaching art? Is there a GRAMMAR? Of course! Although, there are a lot of impromptu subjects and current events dealt from time to time, by and large we stuck to a well researched curriculum which is inspired by two of the best universities on earth-
New York Academy of Art
Santa Reparate International School of Art Florence, Italy.
From 2016, we have come up with a new approach of evaluating all our students on each class basis. We maintain a database of each student's performance through out the year which is shared with the guardian on request.
The students are evaluated primarily on 4 factors-
Following are the important factors which comes under technical-
This is an important factor for a neat coloring approach. This also takes care of hand movement.
This is a basic factor behind sketching and drawing. A good hand control is also required in higher groups like water color.
A very important parameter for coloring, sketching and shading.
Following are the important factors of this section-
Temperament- Sitting posture, white spaces in Hand discipline exercises, stationary brought to the class and whether the student is enjoying the process of learning art.
Observation- Attentiveness of the student.
We keep a tab on the attendance of each student an motivate student to compensate their absence. Attendance is the only factor deciding participation of the student in the exhibition.
Uninformed absenteeism is highly criticized and even a single instance of uninformed absenteeism would result in disqualification from the exhibition followed by blacklisting from our classes.
HW is mandatory. Apart from weekly HW, there are activities like artist of the month, teacher's challenge etc.
The curriculum is divided into 2 broad catagories-
1. Basic colouring- HAND DISCIPLINE- STARTERS AND COLORS GROUP
2. Introduction to drawing- HAND CONTROL AND HAND BALANCE- DRAWING GROUP
3. Introduction to drawing and coloring independently- DRAWING ADVANCE GROUP
***student should be comfortable at drawing and coloring simple scenery and moderately complex objects. The drawing should be light and coloring should not have irregular balancing.***
4. Introduction to shading and affect of light- SHADERS
5. Pencil shading and Pen shading
Topics covered are-
***READY TO BECOME "STUDENT OF OIL PASTELS/PENCIL"***
7. Basics of water colours.
8. Simple sceneries, still life in water colour.
9. Complex work with shading in water color.
10. Human figures
11. Portraits in water color
***READY TO BECOME "STUDENT OF WATER COLOUR"***
12. Basic techniques of the medium- working on canvas
13. Complex work using acrylic
14. Animals and Birds
*** READY TO BECOME STUDENT OF ACRYLIC***
15. Basics of oil paints
16. Painting flesh- variation of skin ranging from human to animals to fruits and vegetables.
17. Large size painting of Still Life.
18. Large size figure painting from pictures.
19. Large size figurs paintings using models.
20. "On-the-site" painting.
21. World famous paintings.
22. Large size work using artists' imagination
***READY TO BECOME "STUDENT OF OIL PAINT"***
Once the curriculum is complete, the student will start their portfolio preparation to apply to prestigious universities of their choice. They have to choose from one of the following disciplines-