Published: 09th March 2019
This Hyderabad girl is teaching participants how to make terracotta jewellery, decoupage through her workshops
Neha starts her workshop with some yoga which goes on for about 20 minutes, which is then followed by craft work
The summer holidays are almost here and because many of you might have some extra time on your hands, it might be a good idea to not let it go to waste and instead, invest it in learning a thing or two about something new. And if quilling, making terracotta jewellery or decoupage (the French art of decorating an object) is something you are interested in, Neha Agarwal in Hyderabad could be your go-to person. Let us tell you why.
The terracotta jewellery-making workshop is held over five days as first, shapes need to be made from clay, baked and then, the rest of the work needs to be carried out on it
Arts and craft have always been Neha Agarwal's strength. Even as a child, though Science did claim her heart at first when she pursued a Master's in Biotechnology from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology, art eventually won her soul. She used to indulge a fair bit in quilling and making terracotta jewellery in her free time, but it was only when she shifted from Hyderabad to Bengaluru that she discovered the teacher in her and started teaching. She returned to Hyderabad in 2016 and carried on with her teaching. Now the arts and crafts teacher at Bodhi Valley Learning Academy, she conducts her own summer camps as well. "These activities really help to reduce stress and break the monotony of listening to classes for children, instead, it gives them something hands-on to do," says the 32-year-old.
Fully absorbed: Participants at Neha's art class | (Pic: Neha Agarwal)
Neha starts her workshop with some yoga which goes on for about 20 minutes, which is then followed by craft work. "I keep explaining concepts and asking questions, and the whole workshop is conducted in a conversational style," explains Neha. These workshops are usually conducted in her own house, but also in other spaces in Hyderabad as well. At Neha's workshops, children not only pick up new crafts, but they also pick up listening skills, patience and learning by doing. She soon intends to start teaching brush lettering, calligraphy, Madhubani painting, Gujarati lippan art and much more. So, what are you going to learn this summer?
Some of her creations
For more of her art work, click on facebook.com/nehartzz/