Kerala Mural Painting Level 1 : Pravesika

Since there were more enquiries that could be accommodated in the April 8-14 batch, we are conducting the workshop for another batch in the following week.  Please read through this page and register today itself!

7 days intensive training on Kerala Mural Painting
8-14 April 2017(Registration closed),
Registration open for the second batch in April – 16 to 22*
‘Vismaya’ Gallery, Rangoli Metro Art Center,  MG road, Bangalore

Explore the magic and freedom of turning a poem into a painting. Understand how the Gods, Goddesses, subjects or situations are all embedded into little shlokas. Experience how mural artists meditate on these ‘shlokas’ and translate their gist into lines and shapes onto the canvas.

Here is an opportunity to come close to the art of Kerala mural painting (Sopana Chithrakala). Apart from the stories and theories, get your hands dirty by learning to draw and paint the traditional way! After all, what is a better way to preserve this heritage for the future generations?

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Outline of the curriculum:

Understanding ancient paintings, Basic Drawing, Drawing Shapes and forms, Drawing human body, Dhyana Shlokas and their usages, Traditional measurements and methods, Painting basics, Colouring the mural way and Meditation

Faculty :

Sasi-EdavaradA dedicated traditional mural artist, Shri. Sasi Edavarad belongs to the classical Kerala school of mural painting. Though he prefers  walls as his canvas and natural colours as his medium, he also paints in contemporary style on canvas and paper with acrylic.[/fruitful_ibox] [fruitful_ibox column=”ffs-two-one” title=”” last=”true” image=””]

Highlights :

  • Hands on training on drawing and painting, the Kerala mural way
  • Explaining the Dhyana Shlokas
  • Slide Shows on rare ancient paintings
  • Material and refreshments provided
  • Exhibition of your paintings on the last day for the interested public
  • Take home a finished piece of work that you made with your own hands!
  • English will be the main medium besides lines, forms, colours and Samskrutham 
[/fruitful_ibox][/fruitful_ibox_row][fruitful_ibox_row] [fruitful_ibox column=”ffs-three-one” title=”Arrival and Departure” icon=”fa-clipboard” styleicon = “background-color:none; color:#333; border-radius:50%;”]The workshop usually commences  at 9 AM and concludes by 5 PM.   We can suggest places if you need accommodation.  On the first day (8th / 16th April) the workshop starts at 9 AM. Everyone is requested to be at the venue by 8.30 AM to finish the formalities.[/fruitful_ibox] [fruitful_ibox column=”ffs-three-one” title=”The Precious Time” icon=”fa-clock-o” styleicon = “background-color:none; color:#333; border-radius:50%;”]During the seven days we spend  together, we will try to explore  as many aspects of Kerala Mural  Painting as possible. Needless to say, it takes years to master any art form and we are trying to understand it in seven days.   Time is very precious and it is our mutual responsibility to utilize time effectively.  [/fruitful_ibox] [fruitful_ibox column=”ffs-three-one” title=”All Material Provided” icon=”fa-paint-brush” last=”true” styleicon = “background-color:none; color:#333; border-radius:50%;”]As time is an important factor, we will be using paper, pencil and acrylic instead of natural pigments. Preparaton of natural colours is not within the scope of this workshop.  However, you will be introduced  to natural pigments and material.

We will provide you all the material necessary for the workshop including pencil and rubber. No need to bring anything.

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The following is  an outline of the schedule. The actual schedule will change according to the lessons, activities, venue and your progress.  On the first day (8th / 16th April) the workshop starts at 9 AM. Everyone is requested to be at the venue by 8.30 AM to finish the formalities.

Time Activity
8.00 AM to 9.00 AM Session I
9.00 AM to 11.00 AM Session II
11.15 AM Break
11.30 AM to 1.30 PM Session II continues
1.30 PM – 2.30 PM Lunch, break
2.30 PM to 5.00 PM Session III
5.00 PM to 6.30 PM Self Practice
[fruitful_ibox_row] [fruitful_ibox column=”ffs-three-one” title=”Dedication and Patience” icon=”fa-hourglass-end” styleicon = “background-color:none; color:#333; border-radius:50%;”]There will be a lot of practice and repetition, which you have to patiently do to complete each step. We will not be tracing paintings. Our goal is not to make you a superficial instant Mural Artist in seven days. We can assure you that the lessons you learn will be authentic and you will be able to understand each element. The workshop is an introduction to the art form. Please feel free to take it forward and explore more at your own pace.  We would request once again for your dedication and respect for the art form.

Suppose you find yourself slower than others? Relax. It is not a competition. We have nothing to prove here.

🙂 [/fruitful_ibox][fruitful_ibox column=”ffs-three-one” title=”Workshop Space” icon=”fa-users” styleicon = “background-color:none; color:#333; border-radius:50%;”] Within these vibrant surroundings, Rangoli is established as an urban public space where the very ordinary people, with no previous exposure to art, could walk in without any inhibitions and experience the excellence in the world of visual and performing arts. The Center is about half a kilometer long and about 30 meters wide running from Anil Kumble Circle upto the Brigade Road junction. Within this public space created serendipitous things happen every day engaging people in a variety of cultural program, public art, and a stream of innovative ideas celebrating creativity among people and more importantly, in an environment that supports and encourages it.

The workshop will be in One of the galleries within the Rangoli Art Center.

You can get intoxicated on drawing, sketching and painting. However no other forms of intoxicants are allowed at the workshop space .
[/fruitful_ibox] [fruitful_ibox column=”ffs-three-one” title=”Advanced Course” last=”true” icon=”fa-certificate” styleicon = “background-color:none; color:#333; border-radius:50%;”]If you want to learn more in depth, Dhyanasankalpam, Kozhikkode has weekend classes on Mural Paintng at their studio at Mankavu, Kozhikkode, Kerala throughout the year.  Those who wish to pursue the subject are more than welcome to join them after the workshop.

Sarang Cultural Venture also organises advanced level workshops where you will get to work with the faculty, Mr. Sasi Edavarad on an actual painting.

Cost What is included Last Date for Registration
Until 10 March 2017 : INR 10,500.00
After 10 March 2017 : INR 12,000.00
  • Materials for drawing and painting such as stationery, colours, brush and canvas.
  • Hands on training under the guidance of an expert.
  • Refreshments.
10 April 2017 (No refunds for the registrations if any after this date)

Cancellation and cancellation fee:
You may cancel till 10th April 2017.  The cancellation fee is INR 1000.  The registration amount minus the cancellation fee will be refunded to you. With your cancellation request, please send us your bank details also. 

In the event  of the workshop being canceled: (Touchwood, let this never happen!)
This is the worse nightmare for us. But in case it happens, we will only be able to refund your deposited amount or, if you prefer, hold it for the next workshop.  We are aware that all your efforts, canceled leaves and convincing your family members etc cannot be compensated.

If we are compelled to interrupt the workshop or cancel the workshop due to war, natural calamities, riot or any such reasons out of our control, the best we can do will be to compensate the lost classes on another date.  In these circumstances, there will be no refund.

The fee includes all art materials, sessions and two refreshments.  Lunch is not included since we are in the middle of the city.

Registration Form for the second batch.

Type your correct name, email ID and phone number  to avoid confusion.  An automatic email will be sent to your email ID with further details. Please check your SPAM folder if you don’t find an mail from us in your inbox after submitting the form.  Questions? Call / WhatsApp : 8156895207 or Email :

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