“Every artist was first an amateur.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A voyage of discovery of the renaissance period, from Botticelli to Leonardo, from Michelangelo to Raffaelo, art makes us explore the very frontiers of human creativity. To give students a full immersion in the ancient technique of charcoal, the Fine Arts Society of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra organized a two-day charcoal workshop on the 3rd and 4th of September, 2019.
The first day of the workshop commenced on 3rd September 2019 at 5:30 P.M. in Room number 203. The turnout was overwhelming, as around 100 zealous students had assembled to assimilate the patience and ingenuity required for a masterpiece. Vishal Rimal, the host for the first day elucidated on the basic techniques of charcoal sketching. He gave the participants an introduction to charcoal drawing as an art medium. The class began with learning the manner and use of charcoal pencils and went on to explore tones and masses created by charcoal with subtle changes. The members of FAS ensured that nobody was left behind in the whole interactive session.
Towards the end of the workshop, the organizers enlightened the artists about light and shadow basics which could make one’s sketch more appealing. Akash Anshu, the president of Fine Arts Society, gave the students a basic idea about the workshop and also encouraged them to participate in further such events. Thus, an exploration in abstraction by learning to see, experience and express came to an end with participants creating their own peach and flower sketches on paper.
The second day of the workshop kick-started in the most artistic manner on 4th September 2019. The same tremendously enthusiastic crowd had gathered in Room number 203 to manoeuvre the preliminary dexterity they had acquired the previous day. Purushottam Kumar, the host for the second day, illustrated the use of preliminary skills that the students had grasped the previous day. Finally, with the implementation of grids, the students made a portrait of Tony Stark.
To add to the charm of the event, Abhishek Chaudhary of the 2k11 batch, who had started the charcoal workshop, came to oversee it. Finally, the two-day workshop came to an end with students who had started from scratch exploring the anatomy and implementing drawing proportions on a paper sheet. The most skilled students, on the contrary, had the opportunity to acquire this traditional technique and perfect it at the best, by polishing their style and experimenting the potentialities of this long-established art.
Reporter– Apoorva Nanda
Editor- Bhavesh Chaturvedi
Picture Credits- Photographic Society, BIT Mesra