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Department of Traditional Sculpture and Wood Carving

A Blend of Traditional Sculptural Skills & Contemporary Technology

About

The Amrita Shilpa Kalakshetra was established with a mission to revive the traditional Indian art forms like Wood Carving, Sculpting, Painting etc. Practiced by only a few groups of communities, these fine arts are slowly disappearing into oblivion because the skillsets required for these crafts remained family secrets within a small group of artisans. Through a collaboration between the Government of India and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, the Center seeks to keep these ancient art forms alive through scientifically designed courses. Providing full financial support with stipends is a huge encouragement to attract talent and the training helps the budding artisans to improve the quality of the artefacts. Our efforts help to build a financially viable career choice for these artisans by empowering them to find global markets.

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Courses were designed to give sufficient exposure in traditional Shilpa Shastra(Talamana Sastra), high end machinery, CNC, Clay modeling, mural painting, doll making, cement relief designs, stone carving apart from conducting regular classes on Wooden Carving. The students skills were enriched with personality development classes, Yoga and Meditation.

Most of students trained at the skill centre are self employed and earning a livelihood of Rs 50,000 per month in sculptural domain. The ASK also received many awards and is recognised as the best training institute for reviving traditional sculptural Skills.

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ASK is located in a lush greenary of one acre at Poonkulam at Trivandrum with high end classrooms, library, computer lab, carving workshop, heavy machinery workshop and a in house hostel which can accommodate 30 students with mess hall and kitchen.

Programs Offered

Courses Offered

Amrita Shilpa Kalakshetra shall be soon starting a few short term certificate courses to impart effective, impactful and resourceful skill sets in the domain of sculpture to everyone. The new courses are designed to offer an immersive exploration of fundamentals for beginners exposing them to learning freehand drawings, meticulous human & animal anatomy( forms) studies for aesthetic perfection as per traditional Shilpa Shastra Texts.

Be it wood, metal, clay, cement, fibre and stone, the budding artisans shall be trained in various sculptural materials, complemented by the crafting of intricate 2D & 3D designs.The promising Sculptors shall obtain necessary skills of handling the high end contemporary machinery at advance level courses as they learn to carve traditional sculptures,art work and modern utilities.With a commitment to a rigorous curriculum, hands-on experiential learning and seasoned guidance from our expert Master craftsmen, the programs and courses at ASK provide a formal platform to nurture the artistic talents by enriching it with traditional knowledge of Sculpture & Arts.

Sculpting of Human Form & Animal Anatomy ( SHA)

This course is a next step in the journey of learning the art of sculpting after undergoing Basic Sculpting course (BSC).The sculpting skills get fine tuned as the budding artist practices faces and forms of human beings and animals . The aesthetic appeal and perfect proportions brings beauty to the artistic work. This course aims to bring out hidden abilities of students by training them with necessary carving skills.

The Course Details

The SHA course shall be conducted for a period of three weeks from Monday to Friday

No of hours : 60 hrs;
Course Duration : Fifteen days @ 4hours every day for five days in a week.
No of students per batch : 10 students.
Course fee : Rs 25,000
Eligibility : Plus two & ( Knowledge of Drawing is a requirement ) BSC course students shall be preferred.
Medium of Instruction : English & Malayalam.

Basic Sculpting Course (BSC)

This course is an introductory course for beginners, who wish to explore the inherent artistic abilities and also have a passion for sculpting.The BSC is a prelude to Certificate courses and equips a student with necessary skill set o do other professional certificate Courses.

The Course Details

The BSC shall be conducted for a period of four weeks on every Saturday and Sunday.

No of hours : 32
Course Duration : Eight days @ 4hours every day on four week ends
No of students per batch : 10 students
Course fee : Rs.20,000
Eligibility : Plus two & ( Knowledge of Drawing preferable but not compulsory )
Medium of Instruction : English & Malayalam

Course Curriculum

  • Module-1- Drawing – 8 hours
    Line and free hand drawings, visualizing drawing & Human anatomy measurement drawing
  • Module -2 – Material Introduction – 8 hours
    Learning model making with materials like clay/ plaster of Paris /cement
  • Module -3 – Sculpture Design – 8 hours
    Students shall be exposed to introductory design aspects of 2D & 3D sculpting.
  • Module -4 – Carving Skills (Introduction) – 8 Hours
    Students shall be exposed to Carving skills in 2D Carving & D Carving in Oranamental design. Student gets an introductory , but impactful exposure in carving.
Wood Sculpting Course (Level -1) WSC ( L1)

This is a certificate course in wood carving and Ornamental design for the budding artists who have artistic mind and drawing skills. The course aims at imparting basic skills in wood carving and ornamental design based on traditional Shilpa sastra.

The Course Details

The WSC (L1) course shall be conducted for a period of three weeks from Monday to Friday

No of hours : 60 hrs;
Course Duration : Fifteen days @ 4hours every day for five days in a week.
No of students per batch : 10 students.
Course fee : Rs 25,000
Eligibility : Plus two & ( Knowledge of Drawing is a requirement )
Medium of Instruction : English & Malayalam.
Course type : Non- residential course ( 9 AM to 1.15 PM)

Course Curriculum : WSC (L1)

  • Module -1 -Traditional drawings – 8 hrs
  • Module-2 – Types of traditional drawings- 8 hrs.
  • Module -3 – Wood Carving 2D- 16 hrs (Traditional wood carving 2d relief)
  • Module-4 Wood carving 3D- 28 hrs ( Traditional wood carving – 3d sculpture –
  • Basic knowledge of Hoyasala, Chola, Gandhara and Pallava styles ;
  • Project work presentation & assessment .
Stone & Cement Sculpting Course ( Level -2) SCS (L2)

This is a certificate course on stone and cement sculpting. It requires advanced level of practice and prior experience of sculpting. The students who have undertaken level 1 course (WSC (L1) are eligible to register for this course. The course aims at imparting basic skills in stone and cement sculpting based on traditional Knowledge of Shilpa Shastra.

The Course Details

The SCS (L2) course shall be conducted for a period of two weeks from Monday to Friday

No of hours : 40 hrs;
Course Duration : Ten days @ 4hours every day for five days in a week.
No of students per batch : 10 students.
Course fee : Rs 25,000
Eligibility : Plus two & ( Knowledge of Drawing is a requirement )
Medium of Instruction : English & Malayalam.
Course type : Non- residential course ( 9 AM to 1.15 PM)

Course Curriculum

  • Module -1 Traditional drawings – 4 hrs ( Different traditional types of drawings 2D & 3D).
  • Module -2 Traditional Cement Carving 2D Relief- 8 hrs ( Wall Design Carving)
  • Module- 3 Traditional Stone carving – -8hrs – Introduction to Stone Carving
  • Module -4 Traditional Cement carving – 20 hrs introduction to 3d Sculpture (cement idols)(Including project work presentation & assessment)
Traditional Sculptural Drawing ( TSD)

A sculpture cannot be chiseled,without a perfect drawing.Indian sculpture is based on Talamana Shastra, which gives us the iconographic measurements.The Drawing skills need to be enriched with the knowledge of Talamana Shastra for excellence in traditional sculptural skills. The TSD course is designed to enhance the drawing skills of budding artists with traditional knowledge in Sculptural design.

The Course Details

The TSD course shall be conducted for a period of three weeks from Monday to Friday

No of hours : 60 hrs;
Course Duration : Fifteen days @ 4hours every day for five days in a week.
No of students per batch : 10 students.
Course fee : Rs 25,000
Eligibility : Plus two & ( Knowledge of Drawing is a requirement )
Medium of Instruction : English & Malayalam.
Course type : Non- residential course ( 9 AM to 1.15 PM)

Course Curriculum

  • Module -1 Study of Thala Pramana – 32 hrs ( Exposure to Drawings based on Thala Pramana- Eka tala to Dasa tala; Students shall be learning the drawings for making the idols like Ganesha ( Pancha Tala), Saraswathi ( Dasa Tala), Krishna ( Nava Tala) & Siva( Dasa Tala))
  • Module -2 Traditional Ornamental Design – 8 hrs
  • Module -3 Human Anatomy Drawings-12 hrs
  • Module -4 Animal Anatomy Drawings -8 Hrs
Mural Painting Course ( MPC)

Traditional Indian painting, shines with exemplary glory on the walls of temples, caves and houses. These internal wall paintings stand unique in its splendor for the excellent artwork. These master pieces were painted with simple organic material and embellishing design patterns. Mural painting is an unique Indian art. This course gives an artist an opportunity to learn the techniques of Mural design and painting.

The Course Details

The MPC course shall be conducted for a period of 60 days ( Monday to Friday )

No of hours : 240 hrs;
Course Duration : Sixty days @ 4hours every day for five days in a week.
No of students per batch : 10 students.
Course fee : Rs 45,000
Eligibility : Plus two & ( Knowledge of Drawing is a requirement )
Medium of Instruction : English & Malayalam.
Course type : Non- residential course ( 9 AM to 1.15 PM)

Course Curriculum

  • Module -1 10 days ( 40 hrs) Basics of Mural drawings.
  • Module -2 5 days ( 20 hrs) Mural ornamental drawings .
  • Module -3 5 days ( 20 hrs ) Traditional mural Colour making.
  • Module -4 40 days (160 hrs ) Project work – Canvas colouring – four projects ( 1O days per project) 1. Idols ( male & female) mural design & painting; 2. Traditional mural ornamental design Painting; 3. Traditional birds and animals design & mural painting 4. Traditional floral design & mural painting.(Note : students need to bring their drawing materials .)
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Registration Procedure

  1. Apply online.
  2. Upload, documents educational qualification; adhar ID, two photo graphs, address proof

People

Department of Traditional Sculpture and Wood Carving
S. Sivakumar

Professor of Practice,
Department of Traditional Sculpture and Wood Carving,
School of Spiritual & Cultural Studies,
Amritapuri

 

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