Taaza Tareen V
outreach program with Ida Rieu
Taaza Tareen V ‘09, a residency of five artists, concluded on November 24th, 2009. The residency brought together graduates of four different art institutions in Pakistan; Beaconhouse National University(BNU), National College of Arts (NCA), Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture(IVSAA),and Central institute of Arts and Crafts(CIAC). They not only brought with them varying areas of interest but also different mediums of expressions: drawing, photography, painting and installations.
One of the major components of the 5 week residency is the educational outreach. The task engaged in by the artists was a three-day workshop with the students of Ida Reu, a school for deaf, dumb and blind students in Karachi.
A great accomplishment, the workshop provided the artists with an insight into their own practice as well as introduced them to new angles of perception. It was a learning experience for the artists and the students, a chance to interact and observe each others’ approach toward their art as well as society.
The artists conducted activities out of the mainstream curriculum followed by the school, with the aim to encourage students to explore their creative sensibilities.
The students were divided into three groups with each doing a different activity. Haider Ali Jan and Faheem Rao conducted a sculpture workshop with deaf and blind students, introducing clay, a new medium for the students. It was an activity designed for the exploration of the sense of touch. The students were given objects that were foreign to them, which they had to feel and reconstruct in clay. While the activity was an all-round success, according to the artists, the blind students showed less inhibition than their deaf counterparts and their observations were stronger. Both felt that the activity should be introduced into the regular curriculum.
Meanwhile, Sausan Saulat and Amna Tariq conducted a painting workshop with deaf and blind students. They introduced the impressionist style of painting to the students by showing them slides, following which the students painted a still life.
Anum Babar conducted a drawing workshop with blind students. In order to enable students to realize what they have drawn, Anum employed the Braille method to drawing. The project was based around detailed observations of an object, leaves, using the sense of touch and translating those onto the paper.
It was felt by the artists that some were less inhibited and more confident to try out new ways of doing things than their older counterparts. The latter were more hesitant to let their instinct guide them.
The most interesting part was the development of individual techniques. Some students punched holes through the paper and others punched very lightly, leaving a slightly raised surface on the other side. Some scratched the paper to make indented drawings and some scratched to the extent that the paper tore altogether.