Whichever Pearl Academy location you plan on visiting, one thing is constant – you’ll always find something going on at our campuses. After all, we’re a design school brimming with creative people and ideas. Designers, faculty and students are always running here, there, everywhere to make things happen, to submit projects and to meet deadlines.
Recently someone asked us what it must be like to live and work on a Pearl Academy Campus so we thought we’d put out a small blog. So, here it goes:
There’s loads of freedom here to do what you love and we put our faculty and our students at the top of our list of priorities.
A melting pot.
There are students who study at Pearl from all over India. Professionals from every corner, many cultures on one campus and that’s what makes each day here brighter and happier.
Towards the new, every day.
We encourage new thoughts, ideas and sparks from anyone, anywhere in the campus to help make Pearl Academy better for the student community.
Making the most of everything.
Dealing with life, stress, time and fulfilling your heart’s desires while still pursuing an education is all about managing one’s time and adapting to change. What you do today will decide your future. Each day matters and we ask our students to make each day count and utilise it to the fullest.
We lead by example.
We don’t want to be an institute whose sole purpose is just to be a global leader. Our partners, students and faculty make us who we are and make each day happy and special.
We promote empathy.
Each day we keenly observe our campus community and we understand our user’s needs just like a designer would in the real world. This enables us to make life easier for the community. We try to make everyone work and live this way on campus.
“No. 1 Faculty in Competence.”
We were awarded the ‘No.1 Faculty in Competence’ by Hindustan Times. This could only have been possible because of the kind of people who work here. They help us in delivering quality education that’s on par with the world.
Just push play
We inspire our students to play, imagine and learn from mistakes. There’s plenty of room at Pearl to make mistakes and evolve as a design professional.
Wow, what a Success!
Living up to its expectations, the unstoppable bandwagon of Pow Wow created the buzz, the liveliness, the energy, the vibe which set the tone for all the new Pearlites before stepping into the world full of creativity and innovation. All the young entrants of the Academy participated in the event with full zeal and enthusiasm. Happy faces, cheerful moods, hi-fives, chirpy groups were making the inaugural event an affair to remember for the years to come.
The purpose of PowWow’2015 is to help new Pearlites unlearn, undo, unveil and unravel all the hidden mysteries which have occupied their minds during their schooling phase. Pow Wow is a series of super crazy workshops which introduces the fresh incoming students to a plethora of multi- disciplinary, energetic and multi- sensory activities- through active involvement – that is, through first-hand, investigative experiences, both hands-on and minds-on in nature. The young minds would be engaged both physically and mentally in investigating and manipulating elements in the surrounding environment.
Take for instance; a workshop on ‘Bamboo’ by Suresh Kumar helped students exploring the possibility of the material being a beacon, material of the next century. The workshop aimed at making the students develop not only art but also products which have a good aesthetic value. Students are making different objects and products with Bamboo. Two Bamboo experts have come in from Mehrauli and own a shop in Rajiv Chawk. A total of 30 students enrolled for the workshop. According to the mentor, Bamboo is a substitute for steel and plastic. Even houses in Uttarakhand are being rebuilt from the material due to its sturdy nature.
‘Sixth Sense’ is considered to be an ability of an individual to perceive the subtle-dimension or the unseen world of angels, demons, heaven or hell, etc. or to connect with it. An interesting workshop – ‘The Creative Connexxion’ by Renuka Taneja is inspired from this untapped dimension. Aimed at developing the senses of the young shining minds and enhance their intuition or sixth sense, this workshop will help students to design or create a better world in the future, she said. The touching motive of this workshop is to instil the feeling of gratitude, kindness, honesty and thankfulness among students towards each and everything present around them in this whole universe. We must say that is a beautiful initiative in the right direction to nurture the young minds!
Drama, acting, imitating, show business, et al have always caught our fancy since the childhood stage. At some point in our lives, we all have wanted to become a Hero or an actor who performs for the large crowd and entertain them with his style and moves. ‘Action Express’, a theatre workshop by Himanshu Mehta (Actor & Director) helped students in exploring themselves and shedding their hidden inhibitions through a series of games, activities and various exercises. Interesting storylines, funny concepts, spontaneous actions, cheerful participants have certainly enlightened up the whole workshop. The level of energy and enthusiasm shown by the freshers were commendable.
Everybody loves to Dance; this is one such word which gets our feet tapping, moving and grooving. A unique workshop ‘Dancing Bodies- Shifting Spaces’ by Aastha Gandhi focusses on movement generation through elements like geometry and images. During the workshop, the students were taught how costumes affect the movement of the body. The central line of the body is around which the body forms different shapes in various dance forms. Geometries of the bodies are formed around the central line of body. Changing dimensions of space is what this workshop aimed at teaching. It emphasized on opening the creative buds, so that the students see design, shapes, spaces and patterns and think with a design perspective.
Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of this workshop as they showcased some of their favourite moves on interesting Bollywood numbers.
A popular saying goes as “Almost everyone with a camera on their Smartphone is a photographer.” Then there’s the other one that goes like “Anyone with a DSLR in his hand considers himself as a photographer.” Photography is an art which needs to be preserved for the well-being of our society. ‘Exploring beyond the Image’, a photography workshop by the well-known photographer Sandeep Biswas proved out to be a huge hit among the new entrants of the academy. He not only discussed the history of photography but also shared his wealth of experience with the participants about the contemporary advancements in this field.
He taught the students the art of reading an image; understand every single detail of image, perspective of photographer while clicking the image, the thought process while choosing the subject. Our budding photographers and young photography enthusiasts looked super happy after learning the new tricks from the master himself.
A super interesting material/craft workshop on ‘Rejuvenating Beads’ by Afsana Chaudhary explored the possibilities of creating products and a range of accessories to familiarize the students with the work culture of the artisans.
The workshop has been aided by Aghaz Group: a group started by 60 women who are skilled in the trade. Four artisans of the group, including the group leader and her daughter have come to teach the students the art. The experts are from Hapur, a village in UP. A group of 30 students attended the workshop and tested their skills with proper guidance from the experts.
This year Pow Wow worked around the theme ‘Ping’ which tends to generates response. Ping is considered as an online expression and is a measure of the latency we feel in everything we do, whether it’s clicking a link, posting a status update, sending a message, playing a game, uploading a file, streaming an online video, or anything else.
A gentle poke on the social media helps draw attention. When you poke your friend, you get poked back. Then you poke again, and get poked back again, and so on, called Ping-Pong poking. Response to stimuli- it encourages curiosity, awareness and tolerance towards new experiences.
Similarly, the sole idea behind POW WOW PING is to generate response or gather feedback from the participants by involving them through an array of activities and exercises. More than 1200 participants from four different cities made this fun-filled event a huge success and helped all the new entrants of the Academy to write a new beginning for the most the important chapter of their life, The College Life!
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In each workshop, the concept of Freedom was expressed in various ways by the new Pearlites and each meaning was close to every individual at Pow Wow. The mentors, who helped these Pearlites to bring out their best, were also exploring new meanings through these workshops. Check out some glimpses of PoW Wow here:
How many of us can think about how to draw a circle with a scale! Not many! Because we were never taught on the school about this! The mentor told that a child once told him 6 ways! Now that surely is worth a thought!
Students also had a small meditation session as according Jinan, every child meditates. Not everything learnt is taught after all!
And surely not everything taught is learnt by all! To prove that there were a series of videos about children and artisans with immense talents which were taught by none! That was an inspiring one and a take back to home.
Hip-hop workshop led by HeRa – Hip hop is the streets. It speaks to your livelihood and it’s not compromised. It’s raw, straight off the streets – from the beat to the voice to the words. But the workshop was not just about Hip-hop as it included various other forms of dance such as break dance, locking & popping, etc. were integrated in the session.
Multiple activities such as body movements, role-playing, script making with body, etc. made the dancing a fun filled exercise. Students learned that they have to bring out their individuality to stand out from the rest crowd –even if they are considered weird for doing so. Believe in what you want and believe it so hard that everybody else believes in your belief.
She did an interesting exercise where students were made aware of the power of communication and how important it is to express your feelings. Initially, Priyandarshini made students write about their given partners (Both the partners were obviously unknown to each other as they have just joined the Academy) and their experience in the campus so far. Students were also given an activity where they had to continuously write on anything which hit their minds, to teach them the fact that words can actually make one feel better, even when you feel you don’t want to write. All these activities along with a couple of others were aimed at expressing feeling and thoughts effectively through words.
One of the students, Ankita Rachcha said, “This workshop has been extremely informative and interesting right since the beginning. It has helped me overcome the fear of putting what I feel into words. I now find it easier to organise my ideas and thoughts in a way that is appealing to readers. I am sure that this creative writing workshop will help in any situation where I will have to deal with words”.
Another student, Pragya said, “The workshop helped us put our thoughts and imagination into words. Expressions and emotions play a major role. Our facilitator motivated us to perform a better task at creative writing”.
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Pow Wow for freedom is a series of heterogeneous, energetic and curious multi-disciplinary workshops for the fresher batch. Each workshop has an interesting underlying sense of freedom in it. Students creatively explore a new activity and are let to break barriers and feel free to express themselves.
Day 1 of Pow Wow at the Naraina campus witnessed a fresh wave of the new batch busting with excitement and energy! Here is what happened – so that you don’t miss the fun at Pearl:
The Ultimate Freedom- a workshop on life skills – Shree Damble, the facilitator of the workshop, feels that kids in their teens harbor some thoughts in their minds that limit their growth as a person. Hence, her aim is to empower these kids with the unwavering self-belief so that they are not apprehensive of expressing themselves. After an interactive introduction the kids were asked to express their idea of a best friend on a canvas. The clueless bunch of kids reluctantly started drawing and wondering whether or not they were doing the right thing. There were several other activities that followed which helped them let go of their fears and self-hindering beliefs. At the end of the whole day exercise, it seemed like the students walked out with a sense of freedom through self-love as their face were now brighter and they all had a big smile on their faces. They all are eagerly waiting for tomorrow to experience what lies before them!
How would it be if one could create his own tools to draw and paint? Sounds unusual, right? But that’s exactly what happened at the Multiplicity (Draw Free) workshop facilitated by Nitin Bal Chauhan. Here the students enjoyed the freedom to create their own paint brushes. So they joined 3-4 sketch pens/bold markers to create one alternative for brushes. Some students explored the idea of combining crayons and markers. Once they had their self-created tools to draw and paint, they were all given the same image to draw. So they all created the same image but each one of them was unique.
Bringing Home the Bacon was a workshop on how does one observe and draw. Shanker Chandra, workshop facilitator aims at sensitizing the students to their inherent sense of aesthetics. The facilitator made them students circulate their sketch books several times while they were drawing so that they get exposed to new lines and strokes and blend their own into it. The students understood that how to observe objects in relation to the background and they were having a good time drawing.
At Bamboo Installations workshop, students gave their best in expressing freedom through their work. The workshop took a high ride and moved with a direction. Workshop facilitator Pankaj Narain tried to open up students mind to another level of exploration. Students came up with innovative ideas. They were explained about different types of Bamboo’s, ways of cutting it and how to tie them with ropes. They were told to make 3D structures of Bamboo’s. Many Interior Architect Designer students showed up their interest in material exploration. They had put their hard work and efforts to come up with interesting 3D forms. The Professor quoted, “I want them to understand Space and I have given them freedom to explore themselves as it is the main motive of these workshops.
Campus also experienced something out of the box. Bake for freedom workshop was something unexpected from a design college. The facilitator Caelisa Appleton minutely explained every detail of Baking to students. He said, “Baking is half Science and half Art”, and explained very patiently about the key points of Baking. Caelisa also shared her experiences and gave recipe for baking cookies.
It was a buzzing day where students had a lot of questions in their minds before they plunged into this myriad of craziness. We hope to see the buzz back in campus tomorrow. Until then…have a great day!! Keeping expressing!!
Check out the glimpses of Day 1 here: Photographs
(* Student contributors – Geetanshi Arora, Shivani Gupta, Sanya Gulati, Amalu R Nair, Aailya and Drishti Vij)