Gond painting is a tribal art form pr actised by one of the largest tribes in India, the Gonds. While Gond painting originated in Madhya Pradesh, it is also found in Andhr a Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The Gonds use traditional motifs to decorate the walls and floors of their homes. Gond paintings thus recor d history and reflect humans’ connection with their natural surroundings. Gond paintings are lar gely inspired by nature and varied myths and legends. They use lines to convey movement and detailing is added in the form of dots and dashes. The paintings use bright, vivid colours derived naturally from objects such as charcoal, soil, plant sap, leaves, flowers and cow dung.What You Need:
- White cartridge paper
- Paintbrushes, thick and fine
- Black marker, thick and fine
- Draw an outline of animals such as deer, turtles or birds and a tree using a pencil on white cartridge paper as shown.
- Paint different body parts of the figures using bright, vivid colours. Mix various colours to obtain different and unique shades.
- Paint the tree black.
- Paint various patterns (made from dots and dashes) on different parts of the figures using different colours.
- Use a thick black marker to give an outline to the figures. Draw green leaves on the tree.
- Add details to the painting with black lines using a fine brush or a thin black marker. Your Gond painting is ready.
Dipika Gurnaney studied at the Sir J J School of Fine Arts and is a recipient of a scholarship from the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Dipika has been teaching children art since 2002.