Yesterday, I went to the studio and I met artists from the Shimoga. We saw their paintings of Chittara art and then, they showed us how they draw straight lines without a ruler. I thought to myself, it probably takes a long time.
They also showed us that there's a meaning behind each symbol in each painting. We wrote those symbols down in our journals and wrote their meanings in Kannada. It was interesting.
They use a very short string or piece of grass to draw with. It was very difficult to draw, but they were used to it. Jeehye also tried to use grass, but it wasn't easy.
They made paint from natural materials. They used rice to make paint for example. They dried rice and made powder. If we add some water, we can use it as a paint. We used black paint also made with rice.
"Chittara art was fun and I enjoyed painting on canvas, even though some of they patterns were complicated. I also enjoyed learning the history behind the art." - Maya, grade 6