A few days ago, Grade 7 had its 3rd CL Day, this time instead of going to one location, Grade 7 went to 3 different locations, 7TL went to Beulah Home for Children, 7DG went to Provision Asia, a center for children with disabilities and 7SJ went to the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), This blog is for 7SJ.
It started off with the students of our class going to homeroom as usual, where our homeroom teacher (Ms. Shari) roughly explained to us what CL day 3 was going to be like, what teachers we going to be with and where we were going to go. After that we went to Ms. Rao’s room where she and Ms.Beena explained in more detail what we were going to do. After that it was just a matter of waiting till 9:30. As soon as the clock struck 9:30, we were told to pack our stuff and go to the bus, we took Bus no. 14 and it was approximately a ride of half an hour - 45 mins and then, lo and behold! We were at NGMA.
National Gallery of Modern Art is an art gallery in Bangalore. It was inaugurated in the year 2009. It showcases modern Indian art and houses paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of Modern and Contemporary artists. 
Our first impressions were that it was huge! It comprises of 2 buildings with 2 floors each. We couldn't wait to go inside and see all of the amazing artworks, but first, a little background about NGMA.
As you can imagine, NGMA has a lot of really good artists like Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil and Rabindranath Tagore these are all really famous names in Indian art, which means it has a lot of really good paintings, and that made us even more excited about going inside. Before we went though, we met our guide who was also the assistant curator (someone who keeps paintings in good condition and collects them), her name was Ms. Nivriti and she explained what we were going to do. We first met up with her in the garden of the museum. She said that we were going to first look at the traditional artworks that are in the main building which was on the ground floor and then go and see the modern arts.
We started out with artworks from the 1600-1700s with the emperor sitting in the middle and he was the focus of the painting, He was surrounded by other people, usually his staff and the officials that served the king. As we were looking at the paintings, Nivriti told us about a process called foxing that had appeared on most of the paintings. Foxing is a process of deterioration that causes blackish reddish spots to come on the paper with the passage of time,. foxing is caused by the effect on certain papers of the oxidation of iron, copper, or other substances in the pulp or rag from which the paper was made, And these paintings had endured for almost 400 years. This is also why restoration techniques such as using wax and other art techniques are used to keep the painting in good condition and counter the effects of foxing.
After seeing all of the paintings in the hall, we then went into another room in the same building. The paintings in this room were made somewhere around 1700s-1800s, except what was different about this one was that it concentrated on a specific artist, Raja Ravi Varma. He was famous for layer paintings, however many of his paintings were converted into prints which had increased their popularity among the masses to the degree that they were used in calenders, gift boxes, sweet and biscuit boxes and even for prayer rooms. He worked in the technique called Impasto which he had learnt from the European Masters of Art, (Impasto is a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface in very thick layers, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible ). In the centre of the room, we found his one painting that was made from, well actual paints. We could see his brush strokes,the medium was oil on canvas and the painting’s name was Portrait of a Lady, you can find the picture here on the right.
After this, we went into another room where we saw paintings on Mahabharata. Most of them were watercolour paintings and only a few were oil on canvas. After this we went to a hallway where we found some sculptures in stone, among them, there was a carving of a bird that looked like an eagle, a symbol of a goddess.
We then went to the ground floor of another building where we saw some modern/abstract art, we went around the room and we saw all of the artworks. In that building, there are categories of the paintings like Miniature paintings, Mysore paintings, European traveler artists, Company period, Kalighat paintings, Bengal school, academic realism, Gegenendranath Tagore, Rabindranth Tagore, Shanthiniketan, etc..
Now Ms.Rao gave us a sheet to fill out about one artwork from the ones we have seen so far, after we had done that we went to the final level of the gallery where we saw abstract art. Then, we went to have lunch and then we came back to CIS by 2:40
All in all, this trip was really fun. Now normally, I do not enjoy museums. All of the ones I have visited I couldn’t wait to get out of them, but this one totally changed my perception of museums. It taught us the importance of art in this world. It taught us the progression of art, how different types of techniques are used for art, the different mediums and styles of making art (toothpicks, oil, etc..). I really liked the museum and all of the artworks in it. I highly recommend this museum to anybody that likes art or has some free time on their hands.