Don’t be just a tourist. Want to learn fruit carving in Thailand? Make Japanese fan?
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Don’t be just a tourist. Want to learn fruit carving in Thailand? Make Japanese fan?

Carve a fruit, try your hand at screenprinting textiles or learn to make an Aboriginal painting at these workshops across the world.

travel Updated: Oct 04, 2017 09:22 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Fruit carving is a traditional art form in Thailand. (Shutterstock)

One of the best ways to learn about a place and immerse yourself in the local culture is through art. But while as a tourist your experience is limited to seeing local art, nothing beats a first-hand experience of trying to make art yourself. Here are some experiences which can help you do so:

Washi is a style of Japanese paper made using fibres from the bark of a tree. (Shutterstock)

* Make a traditional decorating fan in Japan

At this session by Airbnb in Japan, learn about various types of Washi, a style of paper made using fibres from the bark of a tree. You will also get to attend a tea ceremony at a site which dates back to the Edo period and is related to the process of making Washi paper. You will also learn how to make a decorating fan.

Get the full details here.

* Learn the art of Thai fruit carving

Thailand has a centuries-old tradition of fruit carving. This session by Airbnb in Thailand consists of riding a tuk tuk taxi to the food market where you select fruits and vegetables to work with. You then learn the art of fruit carving and get to decorate a meal with your creations.

Get the full details here.

Puy L’eveque has been voted as the most beautiful town in France. (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons )

* Paint the rural landscape in France

Enjoy 10 days relaxing in the south of France while painting at this workshop by Artable. Each day, you will get to explore a new village, be it Puy L’eveque (voted as the most beautiful town in France) or the infamous Rocamadour where pilgrims climbed on hands and knees and Joan of Arc conversed with the archangel Michael. Painters will have 3-4 hour painting sessions and you choose how much or how little painting you do.

Get the full details here.

Anangu paintings are created for educational and ceremonial purposes as well as telling of events that have occurred. (Courtesy: Ayers Rock Resort )

* Make Australian aboriginal art

Aboriginal art is art made by indigenous Australians and includes painting on leaves, carving wood or rock and sculpting. At the Maruku Arts Dot Painting workshop at Ayers Rock Resort near Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, indigenous artists will teach you how to create your own dot-artwork or Anangu paintings. You will also learn about the different symbols depicting Creation Time (Tjukurpa) stories.

Get the full details here.

Screen printing is a printing technique in which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester. (Courtesy: Fictive Fingers)

* Learn fabric printing in Singapore

Learn the basics of making handprinted textiles, including designing simple motifs and turning them into patterns on fabric using screen printing at this workshop by Fictive Fingers.

Get the full details here.

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First Published: Oct 04, 2017 09:20 IST