International Artist-Teachers’ camp began on 17th January and was a productive venture. This is the first time that Parishath has organized an international artist-teachers camp, with 8 (eight) renowned artist-teachers from 8 countries and 14 from throughout the country. India, UK, Mauritius, Srilanka, Bangladesh, USA, Poland, Turkey and France were the countries represented by these artist-teachers. Artists who came from India were from the prestigious art schools like Viswabharathi University (Santiniketan), M.S.University (Baroda), BHU, Jammu and Kashmir, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The camp took place in the departments of sculpture, painting and graphics, according to the media in which these artists worked. They created artworks in various media of watercolour, oil colour, stone carving, etching, and even contemporary media like photography. The artists also made a formal presentations of their personal works, artworks from their surrounding and countries. The idea behind this well planned workshop was to take forward the contemporary educational policies of College of Fine Arts at the Parishath. This international camp is a prelude to the new and bigger campus to which the College is going to be shifted in this academic year (2018), with the able management policies of the Parishath. The relation between art teaching and the actual arts practitioners in the real world is what we have focused in this camp. This gave ample opportunity to compare the syllabi of our institution with that of international art school policies.
This is a new and novel step from Parishath, to take art teaching, syllabus, the interaction between art teaching and art practice to a more contemporary and universal mode. This beginning leads to the opening of the planned new departments at College of Fine Arts, to make it all inclusive, to meet the need of contemporary art. The artworks produced by the artist-teachers in the camp would become the priced possession of Parishath, while each of the visiting artists were interviewed, documented and archived, in order to be published in the form of a Catalogue in the near future, with a possible exhibition of the outcome of the camp.