Of Tails & Tales #10 | Sarala Birla Academy
Feb 2, 2017
Education in art and culture is one of MAP’s key focus areas.
At MAP, we believe that a thriving arts sector can benefit the lives of people of all ages and all walks of life. Involvement in the arts has been proven to help produce well rounded individuals, aiding academic, emotional, and civic development. Apart from stimulating curiosity, broadening minds, cultivating critical thinking skills and encouraging creativity, an arts education also helps build important life skills that can help both children and adults navigate the visually saturated world of the 21st century. Further, the arts can help empower individuals and children, particularly women and those from less privileged backgrounds, allow them a greater say in the construction of their identities, and help tackle social issues by providing a platform for minority voices and histories.
As part of MAP Education programming, we deliver experiences that cater to a wide range of audiences. These may take the form of workshops for school students or capacity building for teachers to art appreciation courses for adults and open-to-all public lectures.
MAP is also committed to being an inclusive institution with a 360° approach to accessibility. It’s education and outreach programming reflects this by offering workshops in Kannada, as well as customising and creating special programmes for audiences with disabilities – physical, mental or intellectual.
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What defines us: where we come from or who we would like to be? Are identities ever completely defined? Can we be more than one person; have more than one identity? How are all the facets of our self layered; how do they evolve? How does one negotiate one’s identity within prescribed societal and communal frameworks? What does this negotiation give rise to? And what role does visual culture play in creating,dissolving and re-creating identities?
By interrogating such questions and more, Imaging Identities addresses the fluid nature of personal identity and its relationship both with the ‘other’ and with the world we inhabit. This workshop is designed around an exhibition that includes a range of works from the museum’s collections – from a 19th century textile to contemporary photographs.
Designed and delivered by MAP’s Education and Outreach Department.
What role does the arts play in the well-rounded development of young learners? Is it enough to have an ‘art period’ at school? Can the arts be employed in the teaching of curriculum-based content? Can it help advance learners’ communication skills or nurture scientific thinking? How do the arts help facilitate interdisciplinary and holistic learning approaches? What are the tricks to developing an enquiry based and art-integrated learning process in classrooms; and why is it important that we do so?
Addressing such questions and more, Championing Learning with the Arts is designed specifically for educators and caters to teachers, NGO facilitators working in the education sector and curriculum designers among others in the field. Through a practical exploration and conversational framework, participants experience a specially curated exhibition themed on abstraction that brings together select artworks from the MAP collection. Through demonstrative, interpretative and making-based strategies, the workshop provides participants an opportunity to inspect first-hand the value of learning with the arts and investigate the ways in which they can be incorporated into the classroom.
Designed and delivered in collaboration with Flow India.
What makes one feel ‘at home’? Does the physical structure of a house have any intrinsic meaning or are lived experiences more meaningful? Can they be separated? Can the idea of home be personified in people or communities? Can homeless-ness also be a way of life? What does home mean to those in exile, to nomads, or immigrants?
Artful Thinking, explores ideas such as these and many more, by bringing together a selection of artworks from the museum’s collections – from handmade textiles to mobile sculptures and from contemporary photography to age-old painting traditions – for an exhibition themed around the concept of ‘home’ and its multiple connotations.
Designed in collaboration with Flow India, and delivered by MAP’s Education & Outreach department.
Movement is one of the primary characteristic of all living beings: from breath to play and motion to hesitation, everything manifests the flow of movement and the result of that flow. The term movement can also imply many things: physical movement in space and time, an emotional response or impulse, a collective sharing of ideas. It can evoke ideas of change and balance, a sense of progression, or equally a sense of displacement.
Exploring these many meanings, A Moving Tale: Kinetics & Art brings together a selection of artworks from our collections—across mediums and from different time periods—that invoke, record, mirror and represent human and animal movements and gestures to examine some of the ways in which art renders and transfigures these essential elements of living.
Delivered in collaboration with Flow India, this programme also pilots a new educators’ workshop centred around the exhibition.
A numismatics workshop for high school students, Money Matters introduces participants to basic and advanced concepts of numismatics. Facilitating an opportunity to explore coins from the MAP Collection, the workshop leads students through the entire gamut of Indian coinage: from ancient punch-marked coins of the pre-Buddhist era to the coins of various dynasties such as the Indo-Greeks, the Kushans, and the Guptas, up to the reign of the East India Company. Including an introduction to ancient scripts, the workshop helps students discover the value of coins not only in historical study, but also their relevance to economics, aesthetics, geography and cultures.
Designed by MAP’s Education Department and delivered by one of MAP’s archivists, Sneha Kapote, who is currently pursuing a PhD in numismatics.
Where is the meaning of an artwork situated? Is it in the work, in the objective of the artist-creator or in the mind of its audience? Is it shaped by history, or by political situations and cultural conditions of the time it is produced in, or the time it is viewed in? How do we understand art, what do we learn from it and why do we need it? These are some of the questions raised by the Journeys Through Art workshops.
Split over three modules or exhibition-cum-workshops, the programme provides students with a broad understanding and appreciation of Indian visual art across mediums and spanning different time periods. Each exhibition and workshop presents a different theme, attempting to bring to the forefront the varied contexts within which art is viewed. Providing participants with a glimpse into many interlinked histories, the workshops—using artworks from the MAP Collection—highlight the relevance of art in our social, cultural, political and personal lives.
Designed and delivered in collaboration with Flow India, a design and delivery consultancy that brings international methods in cultural education to India for the first time.
Through time, human beings have explored their relationships with the animal world, often through associating aspects of aesthetics, religion, desires, utility, myth-making and so on, making these creatures invaluable in the schema of our own existence. Whether perceived as positive or negative, often encompassing attributes of both kinds, their embodiment in art has always illustrated their roles and perceived symbolic significance within the human world.
Of Tails & Tales provide students with a glimpse of varied representations of the animal kingdom, as captured in visual culture through centuries and across diverse media, using artworks culled from the MAP Collection.
Designed and delivered in collaboration with Flow India, a design and delivery consultancy that brings international methods in cultural education to India for the first time. Flow works with more than forty schools in India and reaches approximately twenty thousand children in eight Indian cities. Their workshops and events are carefully designed to guide different age groups and delivered by a team of experts.
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