FOLK ART COURSE

The Folk Art Courses are an array of Indigenous Folk art Styled in ancient or traditional way which embodies the essence of the art form and aims at preservation of these slowly diminishing Art forms in the ever growing urban technology driven world. The Artisans are traditional folklore from regional backgrounds that have imbibed the carried on Art forms from generations and BAFA aims to promote the Art Essence through education and learning.

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WARLI PAINTING

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Western India’s iconic Warli Art is something that has been appreciated in the field of art for a long time as it depicts an artist’s expression on their own social life. Warli art does not depict any mythological or spiritual aspects, but instead, showcases the social life and aspirations of an artist. These paintings are performed in white colour on mud walls and resemble prehistoric cave paintings.
At BAFA, we provide you with more information into the history and culture of regional art forms which formed the base for art expressions in societal terms.

GOND PAINTING

Gond art represents folklore and tribalism art which is practiced by one of the largest tribes in India called ‘the Gond’.Basically, the Gond’s believe that all things consist of a spirit, thus making everything sacred. Gond paintings are actually a reflection of a human being’s close connection with their natural surroundings.
Technically, this art is very specific and peculiar. Dots and dashes are added to display a greater sense of movement and increase the amount of detail.
At BAFA, we provide candidates with specific to-the-point lessons in theory as well as practicality, which is necessary in order to master Gond Art.

MADHUBANI PAINTING

One of the many famous Indian art forms is Madhubani art. Originated in Bihar and Nepal, these paintings represent rituals and history of these specific areas. This art form is typically characterized by eye-catching geometrical patterns and are particularly difficult to perform as it requires a huge amount of concentration and patience.
Historically, this unique art form gets its relevance from the times of the Ramayana and has since then been passed on from generation to generation. BAFA takes immense pride in helping enthusiastic students learn such a surreal art form that is one of the bases of our culture since ancient times.

PICHWAI PAINTING

Pichwai is an art form that originated around 400 years ago in the town of Nathdwara near Udaipur , Rajasthan. These intricate paintings are made on cotton textiles depicting Lord Krishna’s life.  This particular artform is dedicated to the life of Lord Krishna , explaining the tales of life of Lord Krishna to the illiterate. It was a great way to educate people about his life through art and hence the artists dedicated an entire art form to Lord Krishna. The highlight of this art is even though it has a lot of elements it never feels crowded. Originally these paintings were made on handspun starched cotton fabric. The artist would sketch the entire painting on the cloth and then start adding natural organically made colors and brushes.

At BAFA, we recreate this art on a canvas on a carefully designed module.

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KERELA MURAL

Kerala murals is an old art form that started back in the 9th to 12th CE where the royal lineage in Kerala enjoyed royal patronage. The Kerala Mural digs deep into tales from the Puranas, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and depicts deities like Vishnu and Shiva in all their glory. The paintings present a highly stylized version of the gods, with wide open eyes, elongated lips and exaggerated eyebrows, which can be compared to forms depicted in the classical theatre of Kerala.These murals usually depict instances from the Hindu Mythology Books. The temples and palaces are full of such art and every instance teaches us a valuable lesson. This unique art form is still found in some of the churches and temples of South India.  At BAFA, you Learn this primeval art form that was carefully used to tell stories of the gods as well as the shlokas.

BANGALI MURAL

Murals are extensive and conceptual paintings drawn on a wall that depict a certain story in the way they are painted. Bengali Murals have a major influence of Goddess Durga and the stories of women power explained by the power of art.

Depicting the homecoming of Maa Durga , the elements used here are visual identity and illustrate the grand celebrations during pujas that share the essence of such celebration. The painting also includes the lion (the vahan ) of the Maa Durga . Kolkata is one of the states that flaunts its culture and this is one part of its art culture. 

At BAFA, We transition these murals in essence on the canvas in a step process to recreate this art form.

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KALAMKARI ART

Kalamkari is an old art form that was brought by the Indian State , Andhra Pradesh. It generally involves hand printed and block prints over a cotton textile. 

The art is painted in specific colors only which itself has its own meaning. The entire painting is painted in exquisite earthy tones that are red , green , blue , yellow and brown. Demons are painted in red and green , God in blue and women in yellow. 

This traditional art form portrays a lot of ancient stories related to mythology or the ruling kingdoms. The stories are usually picked up from Ramayana or Mahabharata where there is a use of unique patterns and motifs.

At BAFA you will get to learn this exquisite art form by artisans who have inherited this art form from generations.

LIPPAN ART

Lippan means clay or dung in the local gujarati language. This form of art includes lippan that is the clay and small mirrors to decorate.   This particular artform was originally practiced mainly by Rabari , Marwada tribe but laids its traces back to the Kumbar Community. The earthen pot makers from the kumbar community shared their expertise of using clay to a larger canvas such as walls.Now to add elements they went ahead with the easiest reflecting object : mirror. They would cut mirrors in small shapes and paste it on the clay while it was still wet. The combination of different shapes in the entire painting made it unique. This art was then  used to decorate the exterior of the houses and later on the interiors as well.  At BAFA, We transition this in essence on the canvas in a step process to recreate this art form.

PHAD PAINTING

Phad means fold which is derived from sanskrit from the word patt. This art form is a combination of folk paintings done on a huge scroll of canvas cloth.

The size of the canvas cloth ranges from 30-150 feet. The painting portrays the tradition and the heritage of the kings and the queens. On the entire canvas cloth the story is being unfolded of the mythological dytes. The story of the king and his ancestors , his successors everything is portrayed on the canvas cloth itself. Every piece of corner on the canvas portraits a story of the kings and queens.

At BAFA you get to learn the basic techniques of Phad paintings from traditional artists trained through legacy in generations.

BANI THANI PAINTING

Bani Thani exemplifies the female features depicted in elegance and grace which is rather stylized, including arched eyebrows, lotus-like elongated eyes and pointed chin. Following the legacy of a quintessential Indian beauty with her elongated face with a high forehead, arched eyebrows, half open lotus eyes, sharp pointed nose, thin curved sensuous lips and a pointed chin over a long narrow neck, the beauty was often termed as the Indian Mona lisa.

At BAFA, we recreate the module to a systemic step process module glorifying the facial features in its most traditional folk form.

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TANJORE PAINTING

Tanjore or Thanjavur painting is a classical south indian painting style. It was first inaugurated in the town Thanjavur. The colors used in this form are rich and vibrant colors with simple unique compositions. The use of gold foil makes this form of art stand out from the others. The paintings are mostly about Hindu gods,Goddesses and maratha. The main characteristic of this form of art is that the colors are chosen keeping in the mind the color theory. Choosing on vibrant colors will go with the gold foiling. The jewelry of the goddesses are highlighted using gold foils to balance the tones within the vibrant colors.

At BAFA, the modules are designed carefully to intricate the detailed steps required to produce a well blended exquisite art form.

MINIATURE PAINTING

Created on a very small base usually a finely wrought portrait executed on vellum, prepared card, copper, or ivory. These paintings are done on perishable material such as cloth, paper, leaves, etc. It was brought into the picture by the people of Kota , Harwad Rajasthan.

The name is derived from the minimum, or red lead, used by the medieval illuminators. These paintings usually portray the rajput kingdom. Each characteristic of the human body will have a distinct feature. Fine brushes were used to add in color which was extracted from plants . minerals , shells , silver and gold. 

this art form is practized on paper , ivory or silk canvas using synthetic color

At BAFA, you get to learn this painstaking art form from a renowned Artisan imbibed with the heritage of this art from legacy generations.

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PATTACHITRA PAINTING

Patachitra or Pattachitra is a general term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal.

This particular artform is famous for its intricate designs which are full of rules and regulations. It is a must to have a floral border for the painting.

BAFA believes reviving such artforms is important because it teaches us discipline , and preserves our heritage through recreation on a canvas from simple to complex levels.

KALIGHAT PAINTING

Kalighat is a place located in West Bengal renowned for its ancient history for the Hindu Goddess Sati. The place is also famous for its unique style of painting which evolve around a genre of Indian Painting in the 19th century. Gods and mythological characters were depicted in the meetings to share different knowledge about different themes. The bold contour and shaded lines , flat treatment of colors, simplified forms and curving lines and large areas of mixed colors makes it stand out as a unique style of painting. The highlight of the painting is the usage of colloidal tin that is used to make jewels stand out.

At BAFA, the Art form is recreated using carefully chosen mediums to embody the essence on a canvas.

PAHARI PAINTING

Pahari Art is an umbrella term used for a form of Indian painting, done mostly in miniature forms, originating from Himalayan hill kingdoms of North India, during the 17th-19th century. Pahari painting grew out of the Mughal painting, though this was patronized mostly by the Rajput kings who ruled many parts of the region, and gave birth to a new idiom in Indian painting. The life and love essence of Krishna as expressed in the poetic works the Bhāgavata-Purāṇa and the Gītagovinda embody the core theme of the paintings whereas the use of vibrant colors glorifies the essence of the art form. 

At BAFA, We transitioned this in essence on the canvas in a step process to recreate this art form with native Folk Artisan imbibing the art form from legacy heritage.

PITHORA PAINTING

Pithora paintings are highly enriched folk art culture of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh done on the walls by several tribes such as the Rathwas and Bhilalas. Pithora paintings are more of a ritual than an art form. These rituals are performed either to thank God or for a wish or a boon to be granted. The essence of a Pithora painting lies in its earthiness; everything from the theme to the execution has the ethnicity of rural India which includes activities like farming, Hunting, ploughing, dancing, etc. Even materials used are quite exotic: the colors are prepared by mixing pigments with milk and liquor prepared from the auspicious Mahuda tree. At BAFA, we are recreating this exquisite Folk art on a canvas in a d=carefully designed module to imbibe the skills and essence required in various complexities.

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CHERIYAL SCROLLS

Cheriyal Scroll Painting is a stylized version of Nakashi art, rich in the local motifs peculiar to Telangana. They are at present made only in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The scrolls are painted in a narrative format, much like a film roll or a comic strip, depicting stories from Indian mythology and intimately tied to the shorter stories from the Puranas and Epics. Cheriyal art is characterized by bright colors, which are sourced from natural materials such as indigo, sea shells, tamarind seeds and colored stones. The medium is a khadi canvas for which khadi fabric is processed with sawdust, tamarind-seed paste, rice starch, white mud and tirumani, or tree gum.

At BAFA, the Art form is recreated using carefully chosen mediums to embody the essence on a canvas.