Orchha! Madhya Pradesh – heart of India: Sept 20 – 29 2016

INDIA | NEW Sketchbook Village Art Tour l  Orchha – Madhya Pradesh (Central India) 
20 – 29 September 2016
9 nights/10 days
(Sept School Hols in some Australian states)
Art Educator PD eligible: 32 hrs– catherineparkerarttours@gmail.com

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If you feel inspired to join, please email catherineparkerarttours@gmail.com

 Cost of Art Tour – program: $2150 based on twin share; private room/single supplement: $380

  • Tour includesaccommodation in lovely Heritage inspired hotels; all breakfasts, transport, including transfers to and from Delhi airport, local guide fees, entry to historical monuments, visits to artisan families, art tuition and a whole lot more!  

Tour does not include: International flights; Local tipping fee – approx. $90

Please see below for testimonials

Orchha translates as ‘hidden’  
It feels like this sweet little town on the Betwa River has transcended the frantic pace that so often permeates our everyday life. It is almost as though time has stopped still in the heart of India.

Steeped in history and imbued with humility it is a full of artistic treasures that date back to the 16th century. Small and grand architectural masterpieces combining Hindu and Islamic influences lie dotted around the countryside. 

 Sketchbook in hand with our portable Art kit, we will be based in the small town of Orchha with excusions to traditional artisans and temples filled with beautiful frescoes, bathed in soft, gentle light that are a treasure trove of 16thc art.

 Itinerary 

Arrive Delhi at least 1 day before

Day 1: 20th September

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Delhi: Sanskriti Kendra Centre for traditional Arts of India full days Art program with curatorial talks and mixed media workshop to get you started; Important to see the overview of the traditional arts + crafts covering vast rural centres all over India

Day 2: 21st September

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Delhi:’Kathputli”  meaning ‘The Wooden Puppets’ Colony houses puppeteers, magicians, folk singers, painters, dancers, acrobats, jugglers and storytellers. Situated in a slum in West Delhi, it is a unique and insightful look into the ancient creative roots of India. Arriving into Delhi, the capital of India is an amazing introduction to India, but more than this, it holds one of the world’s largest Artist communities
‘’Kathputli”  meaning ‘The Wooden Puppets’ Colony houses puppeteers, magicians, folk singers, painters, dancers, acrobats, jugglers and storytellers.
In danger of becoming bulldozed by developers, it is hanging tenanciously to its roots which go back to the 1950s.

Day 3: 22 September: Orchha – by train

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Arrive, rest and relax in our beautiful heritage hotel with optional afternoon walk into market or local surrounds

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  • Sketchbook of lovely architecture and trees – drawing and pencil

Day 4: 23 September : Orchha – ‘Forage n Collage’ – local marker visit and sourcing of art materials + local art making tools + found objects

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Am: after leisurely b/fast – walk into market; buy coloured powders for artmaking and forage ‘n’ collage for sketchbook; photograph shadows

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Lunch: in market

Pm: Visit local temples and cenotaphs – drawing of architecture and negative space drawing

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Day 5: 24 September : Orchha: “By the River Betwa I sat down and drew” pencil and watercolour in concertina artist book + simple garland makingthumb_IMG_3092_1024 copy 2

Early Am before breakfast! Walk to Betwa River near hotel for early morning local rituals + drawing

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Day 6: 25 September : OrchhaTraditional Mud Painting “Finger Painting” workshop

Visit local village for traditional Mud Painting “Finger Painting” workshop and local Potter – bring sketchbook and art materials

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Local lunch in village :and visit to 400 yr (approx.) Tree they call the ‘Baba Tree’ used for meditation by ascetics – Saddhus and mystics and venerated by the locals for generations

‘Sacred Trees’ workshop drawing

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Day 7: 26 September : Orchha: Lakshminarayn Temple + mural inspired art work with locally sourced found objects – organic and conventional

Am: Leisurely breakfast

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Mid morning: Artist concertina fold out book workshop with Scraffito workings in preparation for our visit to the Lakshminarayn Temple

 Day 8: 27 September : Orchha:

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Free day with suggested activities: Cooking class? Massage? lolling by the pool?! Or quiet drawing and reflection…

Day 9: 28 September: Orcha to Delhi – train

Day 10: 29 September – Delhi

Onward travels or last day of shopping!!

 Cost of Art Tour – program: $2150 based on twin share; private room/single supplement: $380


  • Tour includes: accommodation in lovely Heritage inspired hotels; all breakfasts, transport, including transfers to and from Delhi airport, local guide fees, entry to historical monuments, visits to artisan families, art tuition and a whole lot more!  

Tour does not include: International flights; Local tipping fee – approx. $90

Further information and testimonials below!

   

Testimonials
My experience with Catherine Parkers Art Tour of India was more than I could imagine, an adventure of a lifetime.   She is so experienced and in tune with the energy that is India, that  we were all able to benefit from her deep research and love of the country and people.  Every day was joy filled, educational and inspiring.  We stayed in beautiful heart felt lodgings where the owners knew Catherine and welcomed us in comfort and safety.   I am planning to return as soon as possible, for another magical tour with Catherine.
Karen Meadows
California
Travelling with Catherine had the most profound effect on my otherwise work-besotted life.  I did not draw before this tour, before the colours and textures and machinations of Indian life infected my waking and sleeping hours… it is true what they say, India does get under your skin and the gods followed me into my dreams where I was lucid and relaxed the whole time we were on the tour.  

Catherine has the most graceful and gracious way with people, she gives and gives of her time and no mark you ever make is scolded nor diminished: she enabled me to not only have a go at drawing but just to “let it be” and have fun with making my mark.  Delhi, Narwalgah, Bundi, Pushkar and Jaipur invited us in not as tourists but as artists and so the whole world view was enriched with the noticing of colours, shapes, hues, shades, dyes, carvings, prints, textiles, weaves, etc… so many things I have never considered and so my mind was expanded in a way that an adult has quite forgotten to do.

I thank you Catherine for this wonderful gift of insight.  When I returned home I cried for hours, not because I was going to miss India, but I was going to miss the immersion in “seeing differently” as the rigors of the tour had such a positive effect on my outlook on people and life in general.  What a wonderful way to first experience the glorious chaos of India; to be making aesthetic choices as you go.  
Janet McDonald
Australia

1. Artwork – Blandina Pistone  2. Catherine Parker at work
Namaste,
x Catherine
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Next India Sketchbook Art Tours scheduled for 2016
Rajasthan to Madhya Pradesh: 7 – 20 October 2016 – Fullwaiting list
Odisha ( East India ) – March 2017 dates tbc

 

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