An Art Exhibition was conducted on March 24, 2023 by the SAIoneers of Classes IV-IX, as a part of the ongoing SAI Bridge Learning Program, to further stimulate creative innovation & foster innovative approaches of art integrated learning. The students harnessed their ingenious skills through various traditional and folk-art forms of Gujarat, West Bengal and Maharashtra, combined with prominent art forms of Odisha. They integrated Art with Science & Social Sciences, creating beautiful paintings that resonated powerful stories.
Some of the contemporary & breath-taking pieces of art involved a fusion of Warli art from Maharashtra and Saura art from Odisha that depicts the cultural activities and daily activities of the folks; a fusion of Pithora from Gujarat and Pattachitra from Odisha with figurative sketches and sharp lining, depicting a story of Lord Balabhadra and Lord Jagannath; and, a fusion showcasing the integration of Kalighat art from West Bengal with Pipili Chandua art from Odisha with bright colours, bold outlines, geometrical shapes & intrinsic mirror work. This fusion in particular has in frame a mother and her child, inspired by the renowned Kalighat artist Jamini Roy. Most of these paintings incorporatedportraiture and impressionism.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi, Director Academics & Senior Principal, SAI International School who was in awe of the creative display, and said, “I am so proud of my SAIoneers, channelizing their imagination & creativity into creating avant-garde paintings, & further honing their skills through the Bridge Classes.” The fine works of art were applauded by all the spectators who attended the exhibition.
“I am blown away by the student’s ability to translate such raw emotion and energy onto the canvases, creating whole domains of colour and texture that touch a nerve deep inside our own psyche. The SAI Bridge Learning Program, has truly given these creative souls an opportunity to express themselves freely & to transform their imaginations into thought provoking, serene, powerful and rich pieces of art”, said Dr. Silpi Sahoo, Chairperson, SAI International, after attending the exhibition.
The SAIoneers learnt more about folk-art & fusions, & revived ancient art forms by integrating traditional forms of artwork into their contemporary pieces. This art-integrated approach of learning helped students become tenacious, team-oriented problem-solvers, who are confident and able to think creatively.