Art Infinity, The Annual Art Exhibition

Each year, NPSI’s annual art exhibition, ‘Art Infinity’, takes the school to new heights. This year was no exception, with an eye-capturing, mind blowing and colourful display of more than 2000 art pieces. The culmination of a year’s work from each and every student, the exhibition spanned all four floors of the school, including both corridor displays and classroom décor.

Guests who entered the building were greeted by displays of the first graduating class of NPSI Chennai, comprising multiple photographs from the graduating ceremony and significant events for the class, as well as individual portraits of each student created by the Art Master, Mr. Jayagoutham. Turning towards the central quadrangle, visitors were greeted by the sight of a glorious felt elephant surrounded by paper lotuses, setting the tone for several hours filled with art and wonder. Other corridors on this floor presented photographs from a variety of significant events, ranging from class assemblies to occasions with an invited audience. The posters used for each class assembly decorated the walls of the quadrangle, adding a splash of colour.

Twenty-three classrooms on the first and second floors boasted a wide range of arts and crafts, ranging from the young ones of grade one to middle school students in Grade 8. Each class contained a display of student sketchbooks, documenting the individual’s progress through the year. On the corridors were displays of forms such as Madhubani, Warli, Gond and other folk art forms. Also hung along the corridors were Grade 10 block print creations.

The primary classrooms were a riot of colour, with walls depicting lively scenes ranging from oceans to jungles. Ordinary items like old CDs, paper cups and plates and ice-cream sticks were transformed into birds, fish, and animals. Each class had a display of their SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work) creations in the class, including candle holders, jewellery boxes, newspaper flowers, and beautifully decorated containers of all shapes and sizes. The wall art was created using a variety of techniques, including finger and palm prints, Dab art, Mandala art, and pencil shading.

The middle school classrooms on the second and third floors presented folk art and designs from multiple Indian states – Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh. Walking into each room was an education in the culture and history of vernacular art. The corridor displays were filled with unique art creations using techniques of silhouette painting, pattern art, pencil shading, cubism and dab art, as well as SUPW displays of pottery and newspaper sculptures.

This first floor was the site of the School Art Room, the nexus from which all creativity flows. Pride of place in the Art Room this year was a three-dimensional cityscape in the centre of the room, built out of packing material and painted to depict the theme of the room – butterflies. The walls were decorated in a series of colours and patterns reminiscent of butterfly wings, enhancing the idea that butterflies had flown into the school, dropped their tints and shades, and flown out in black and white. The walls displayed art created by students, a visual treat of still life, portraits, abstract and landscape art. The Art Room was constantly filled with visitors, each person finding something different to marvel at.

“Every year, the displays keep dazzling us and always exceed expectations. Very soon, we might find ourselves walking into these kids’ art galleries,” was the feedback given by a parent. Awash with the creations of the students, one could with all certainty say that many a master artist walks the corridors of NPSI, Chennai.