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Summer at Woodstock – Art of Pyrography

The unique art of pyrography

Pyrography is a fascinating art form that uses wood as the medium to work on and that, in itself, creates endless possibilities in creativity. The texture, grain, hardness and colour of different varieties of wood create the perfect setting, and burning is done by electrically heated, hand-held pens with metal tips of diverse shapes and sizes. Using different strokes and applying temperature control, one can create stunning imagery through burn marks.

 

This is not laser burning which is done by computer, but hand-made art that creates a very close bond between the artist and the work being created. Image outlines are first drawn on the wood either by freehand pencil or using transfer paper and the details are filled in while burning.

 

Who should take this course?

Anyone above the age of 12 can learn how to create the most stunning art. No specific artistic skills or formal training are required and there is no upper age restriction. Pyrography artists bring out a creativity that they never knew existed in them, and both as a hobby and as a profession, this art form can be pursued well into one’s retirement years.

 

Highlights and learning

Pyrography is a very simple art form – yet its results are amazing. It also generates an immense amount of calmness, patience and wellbeing in a person, and is instrumental in guiding one towards a meditative mind. A word of caution on a lighter note – it is very highly addictive! Join the intriguing world of pyrographers and embark on a journey that promises to be an experience of a lifetime!!

Age range – 12-18

On Campus Session

June 7 to June 18, 2021

Fee for on campus session: INR 135,000 + 18% GST

Application fee: INR 2,000

Faculty

Pritam Mehta

Pritam Mehta is a self-taught Pyrography artist and has converted this hobby into a whole-time profession. He has an Army background and took early retirement as a Lt Col. Over the past four years he has participated in several art exhibitions and his work is also sold through two well-known art galleries in Delhi and Noida. He combines art with utility and in addition to wall art, he does pyrography on coffee tables, wood chests, logs tables, mirror frames, table lamps etc.

Key Learning

Week One

  • Introduction to wood burning, preparation of medium and understanding the effect of different heating pens.
  • Creating basic line images.
  • Silhouette filling with different pens.
  • Shading in gradients.
  • Learning Hatching and Texturing.
  • Creating shadow effects.
  • Trial project applying all learning so far (three days).

Week Two

  • Project I (three days) – Create a piece of wall art of choice.
  • Project II (three days) – Create a piece of table-top art of choice.