Aim & Objectives
Meraki: Exploring the Self introduced students to the complex concept of ‘Self’ along with a practical experience of producing their own self-image. They learnt the iceberg model of the conscious, subconscious and unconscious aspects of their ld, Ego and Superego and delved into their own personal experiences to understand their truest self.
Process for the Lesson
They fully grasped the theory of Id, Ego and Superego.
They were next encouraged to find an artist, style and self-portrait that appealed to them from various artists across ages and disciplines like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Dali to Anjali Ela Menon, Jamini Roy among many others. The students were asked to present the self-portrait along with an explanation of why it appealed to them in a quick oral presentation. They explained their understanding of the era, artist, and emotion that led to this style of expression.
As a final part of the lesson, the students were encouraged to create their own self-portraits. As the students came from a non-art background, they were introduced to various media to utilize whatever materials were on hand. They used artistic materials like paints, water colours, as well as seemingly non artistic materials like newspapers, coffee stains to produce their portraits. In situations where there were no materials, all students were also given live demos of how to use free digital art softwares like Krita, Sketchbook, Ibis Paint. Finally, the students presented their self-portraits and explained their style and expression of ‘Self’.