Children, parents want extension

August 30, 2014

Children’s Painting Workshop At Shilpakala
Children, parents want extension
Children, parents want extensionChildren and parents want extension and continuation of the year-long children’s painting workshop that commenced on January 3 this year and is scheduled to end in December.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised the workshop as part of a year long celebration programme of the birth centenary of
shilpacharya Zainul Abedin (1914-1976).More than 400 children, divided into four age groups, have been participating in the workshop on Fridays with untiring zeal and enthusiasm.
In response to children and their parents’ demand, authorities of Shilpakala say that they are also thinking of extending the programme, though there are several constraints.
Most of the learners from grade one to ten expressed their interest in continuing with the workshop. Besides, many of them have fine arts as a mandatory course on their curriculum, which makes their parents take the workshop seriously and earnestly.
Parents revealed to New Age that it would be quite a good thing if the workshop continued. In fact, many of them demanded that Shilpakala should run permanent teaching courses on fine arts for children.
‘My son loves to paint and he also has fine arts as a course in his curriculum. The workshop at Shilpakala is, therefore, helping him on two grounds’, said Tahmina Alam, mother of Tanzib Ahmed who is attending the workshop since January.
Tahmina, earlier, used to provide a house tutor to her son for lessons in fine arts, which, Tahmina shares, is costly and less satisfying compared to Shilpakala’s workshop.
Tanzib, a class VII student at Motijhil Ideal School, also likes attending the workshop more than taking lessons from his private tutor. ‘I enjoy doing art here with my friends’, said Tanzib.
Like Tanzib and his mother, other children and their parents are also happy with the workshop where children are guided to paint whatever they want most of the time and the friendly course instructors interrupt little to make them about styles of painting.
‘We do not interrupt children’s joyous involvement during painting; we just roam around and help them explore what they can do with colours’, said Prodyut Kumar Biswas, one of the instructors of the workshop.
Biswas also informed that the children seemed to be enjoying the course from the beginning of the programme, which gives much satisfaction to the instructors. ‘An extension of the course will be great for the children’, added Prodyut.
Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Liaquat Ali Lucky, also shares the same opinion. ‘I know that the ongoing course is very popular and inspiring for children. I have already thought of extending it for one more year’, said the director general, who also thinks that different courses on different branches of arts should also be offered by Shilpakala to children and the young.
‘We are trying to accommodate many such programmes, but we have financial constraints. I hope we will be able to offer more courses to children very soon’, added Lucky. – See more at:

-With New Age input

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