Our Instructor: Deepa Menon
Deepa Menon has been painting ever since she was a child . She has developed painting skills from a broad spectrum of instructors. Her keen sense of observation and her background in Indian classical dance and music has further embellished her creativity and skills as evidenced in her art work. Deepa has held exhibitions in India under the auspices of various galleries and other locations. Deepa graduated in Graphic Design from George Brown College in Toronto, Canada where she got the basics of the human form and design. Painting will be taught in all mediums in and western and eastern techniques will be taught according to the interest of the student.
Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface (support base). In art, the term describes both the act and the result, which is called a painting. Paintings may have for their support such surfaces as walls, paper, canvas, wood, glass, lacquer, clay or concrete. Paintings may be decorated with gold leaf, and some modern paintings incorporate other materials including sand, clay, and scraps of paper.
Painting is a mode of expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction and other aesthetics may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Paintings can be naturalistic and representational (as in a still life or landscape painting), photographic, abstract, be loaded with narrative content, symbolism, emotion or be political in nature.
"The boundary of things in the second plane will not be discerned like those in the first. Therefore, painter, do not produce boundaries between the first and the second, because the boundary of one object and another is of the nature of a mathematical line but not an actual line, in that the boundary of one colour is the start of another color and is not to be accorded the status of an actual line, because nothing intervenes between the boundary of one colour which is placed against another. Therefore, painter, do not make the boundaries pronouncedat a distance.
Color and tone are the essence of painting as pitch and rhythm are of music. Color is highly subjective, but has observable psychological effects, although these can differ from one culture to the next. Rhythm is important in painting as well as in music. Rhythm is basically a pause incorporated into a body (sequence). This pause allows creative force to intervene and add new creations—form, melody, coloration. The distribution of form, or any kind of information is of crucial importance in the given work of art and it directly affects the esthetical value of that work. This is because the esthetical value is functionality dependent, i.e. the freedom (of movement) of perception is perceived as beauty. Free flow of energy, in art as well as in other forms of "techne", directly contributes to the esthetical value.
“I've enjoyed taking classes at Netra Art School. It was such a fun atmosphere and Deepa the instructor and owner of Netra was unbelievably creative and very personable. All her students were able to create their own amazing paintings and drawings of their choice, as she directed them into unleashing their own creativity and talents. Quite an exceptional class with such brilliant instructor!”