Gilgit-Baltistan: Sculpture Making Training for Students at PNCA

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Islamabad: As many as 35 students from various educational institutions of the twin cities and amateur artists are being trained in making sculptures by experts at a five-day workshop at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts continuing till May 21.

The workshop has been organised by the PNCA with participation of budding male and female artists.

During the workshop, the participants will also be given opportunities to see the works of other sculptors both national and international through multi-media presentations, lectures, talk and question answer sessions, said the organisers.

The training has been organised for beginners in the field and various sessions of the workshop will expose them to the maximum in the sphere of sculpture and encourage them to take it forward and explore possibilities. Three experts including Sajjad Akram, Ayub Wali and Imran Hunzai are conducting the course with main focus on ‘Creating forms and shapes in Clay/Plaster, Fibre and Wood.’ The experts are also focussing on the theoretical and practical work to provide the participants with an opportunity to work and experience in varied mediums such as clay and plaster.

The experts will also be demonstrating their skills in wooden sculptures and will teach the basics of wood sculpting in 2-D and 3-D. According to them, the medium is not frequently practiced in Pakistan and students are not much encouraged to learn this skill as there were less institutions of such art in the country.

“The training has been planned to facilitate students and others interested in, to express their creative potential in this lesser explore medium,” the organisers said.

The students will be guided and trained with the academic requirements of an art student by making human head in clay and later through the application of moulding and casting procedure, they will complete the process of making final product (Head) in plaster of Paris. On last day of the workshop, the students will demonstrate their work and also be given certificates to acknowledge their skills.

Talking to this agency, PNCA Director General Tauqeer Nasir said that PNCA has increased its activities of training youth in different fields and practice the dying and less explored art forms through various short courses.

During last few months, a number of amateur artists, students and youngsters have been trained in diverse fields of visual and performing while PNCA also provided them a platform to demonstrate and practice their skills.

Sajjad Akram, a young dynamic sculptor and distinction holder from the Punjab University, currently associated with Fatima Jinnah Women University as a faculty member in Department of Sculpture shared his experience regarding the art of sculpture.

Ayub Wali, a young multi faceted artist from Gilgit/Baltistan and a graduate of NCA and Imran Hunzai, an eminent name in the sphere is a faculty member at NCA, Rawalpindi Campus are conducting the workshop.

These experts will guide the students in fibre glass, a medium commonly used these days for sculpting and making low and base relief and share expertise in the medium during the days of workshop.

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