Creation Station: Contemporary South Asian Miniatures


Visitors will create a painting fusing centuries-old South Asian manuscript traditions with contemporary techniques. Miniature painting, popular in Jainist manuscripts and the Mughal courts has experienced a renaissance in contemporary art, yet the focus of these new pieces gives us greater understanding of modern South Asian society and cultural norms. This family program will look at this artwork and guide families in their own creation of pieces which honor traditions while also encouraging creativity.


Project Detail

The project will focus on the key points of South Asian miniature painting, such as aerial perspective, brightness of colors and elaborate clothing, and small size, yet full of details to illustrate a story. Visitors of all ages will follow the steps below under guidance of Asia Society staff and volunteers:

  1. Brainstorm and conceptualize their story or scene
  2. Use water colors and/or gouache to paint main composition
  3. Write a poem or prose which describes the story or scene
  4. Embellish artwork and mount on metallic gold paper



12:30 pm | Storytelling: Two Crafty Jackals – The Animal Fables of Kalilah and Dimnah
12:45 pm | Art projects


Related Links

Art Radar: What is...contemporary South Asian Miniature Art?

NPR: Breaking The Mold: Artist's Modern Miniatures Remix Islamic Art


Education and outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous funding from the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation and Nieman Marcus. Additional support provided by the Friends of Education & Outreach at Asia Society Texas Center.

Creation Station and Family Day Sponsor

Program Sponsor

Event Details

Sat 16 Jan 2016
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
1370 Southmore Blvd Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
Free with reservations (limit 4 per person).
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