Children have their own world of perceptions, where colours dominate every thought process. They give wings to their imaginations by drawing or painting them on a canvas and giving those colours that might seem to be inappropriate for adults. As many as 110 such paintings, created by 44 students of Crayons Arts, have been displayed at an exhibition– Crescent being held at Udayamperoor.m;
The students, who are taught by Sujith Surendran, have been showcasing their talents in different venues for the past few years. This is the fourth exhibition that Sujith has organised for his students, which features paintings in acrylic, oil pastel and watercolour, in addition to pen drawings.
Ask Sujith what persuaded him to think of an exhibition of paintings by the students of his academy, and he says, “It is unlikely for an institute to organise painting exhibition of the students, mainly because not every student will have the caliber to make paintings worth displaying at an exhibition. However, my thought process is different. I feel that each of my students should feel special and that he/she should have an urge to better themselves. They should not be painting just for the sake of their parents or teachers. Therefore, organising such exhibitions, which give the students a realisation that their paintings need to be better in order to compete with the ones others have created, automatically creates a sense of responsibility in them, persuading them to work hard to learn the craft more and more.”
Sujith is among those painting tutors who believe in providing more outdoor workshops so that the students can draw and paint according to their wish. “Different people have their own way of observing things. Therefore, such outdoor workshops will help the students get a hang of how colours blend naturally. It can be noticed that most of the paintings at the exhibition are inspired from nature and what we see around,” says Sujith, adding that the students are overwhelmed with the response they are receiving from the public.
The tutor is also planning to organise such exhibitions more often, but adds that he will ensure that each and every painting is different, showcasing the progress each student has made.