Indian Folk Art

Madhubani painting is an Indian folk art that is practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar. Madhu means honey and ban means forest in Hindi. The paintings usually depict the flora and fauna of the region, or stories from mythology. The colours used in Madhubani paintings are usually derived from plants and other natural sources. Instead of brushes, objects like twigs, matchsticks and even fingers are used to create the paintings.

After a brief overview of the style and content of the art, elementary students set out to do their own Madhubani paintings. They needed to outline each object drawn with a double line – as is the practise in Madhubani paintings. They started with the borders on the fours sides. Then they composed the pictures within it. There is no overlapping in these paintings but the background is filled in with flowers, plants or designs. There is no sense of depth in the art.


Once their drawings were done, they used brush pens to fill in the spaces. The brush pens were easy to control and also gave very luminous colours.

The children were delighted with their finished pieces, some of which are shown below.




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