Remember the mixed tape? The hours spent looking for tunes which were not available with one click, recording tracks off the radio, rewinding, forwarding, worshipping our songs … At the Retro Painting Studio, led by Summaiya Jillani, we’re going to paint the music we love!
The group will explore music and the way it used to be celebrated and communicated in the good old days. We will find inspiration from posters, magazines, records, walkmans, tapes and all the random junk we’ve hoarded over the years — to celebrate our love for music.
The Retro Painting Studio, while derived from music, will cover traditional aspects of painting, including portraiture, still life, the works of the masters, and the use of found objects. This instruction will be incorporated into the studio with an unconventional twist – in one class we we may paint on our own skin, on an old bag, shoes, or a coffee mug and on other days we will paint on canvas or paper with acrylic paints.
The Retro Painting Studio will conclude with a showcase at the Faraar Gallery.
Instructor: Summaiya Jillani
Dates: 24th December 2011 – 11th February 2012
Day and Time: Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Duration: 2 months / 8 sessions
Fee: Rs. 6,000 (payable in advance)
Registration: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll
About the Instructor
Summaiya Jillani is a graduate of the Karachi University, Class of 2010. Her paintings are inspired by pop culture, music and Karachi. “One day I just hopped out of the bus, roamed amidst the stalls, bought myself a few rumaals with whatever little money I had and painted ‘The Beatles’ on a ‘hara gulaabon bhara rumaal’. From there I started painting Madam Noor Jehan, Abida Parveen, Saeen Zahoor, Salim Nasir, Shahid Afridi, Aziz Mian Qavvaal and many more as a tribute to those who have gotten lost in the banal or buried under colorful, borrowed aesthetics”. Summaiya is currently teaching art at the Beaconhouse School in Karachi and is an independent visual artist.
• Marie’s Acrylic Paints
• 2 feet x 4 feet canvas
• 10 sheets of Scholar paper
• Flat paint brushes
• Round zero size brushes
• Plastic containers
• Plastic palettes
• Aprons and rags
Materials can be acquired from Paras Art Shop in Khadda Market
• No prior art experience required
• Participants must bring all the required materials on the first day