Rooftop App’s Warli Maestro Course is compiled in an engaging manner that helps you to understand and practice Warli painting in detail along with examples of Warli painting shown by master artists from the renowned Mhase family. The course is divided into different levels and comprehensive modules that make Warli art easy for you.
In this Warli Maestro Course, Sadashiv Mhase, Pravin Mhase, and Vijay Sadashiv Mhase will introduce themselves as well as the Warli art form. You’ll learn all about painting traditions and compositions, the materials used, and how Warli art is different from other traditional art forms.
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Introducing the Warli painting art kit. Get access to a specially curated art workbook along with cloth canvas, tote bag, postcards, bookmarks and stickers.
1. Introducing Sadashiv Mhase
Having learnt the art from his father, Sadashiv Ji brings out new concepts and modern stories through the charm of traditional techniques.
2. Introducing Vijay Sadashiv Mhase – Part 1
Meet Vijay Sadashiv Mhase and learn the significance of the art form for him and his family.
3. Introducing Vijay Sadashiv Mhase – Part 2
The artist tells us how he sees Warli and elaborates on its significance to their community.
4. Introducing Vijay Sadashiv Mhase – Part 3
The artist describes how Warli art forms a crucial part of the community’s practices.
5. Introducing Pravin Mhase
Get to know about another experienced young artist from the clan who is one of the leading artists in Indian tribal art.
6. Pravin Mhase explains the traditions in Warli Art
With a history of more than a hundred years, the simple yet fascinating art of Warli art carries the beauty of minimalism and deep storytelling.
7. Contemporary trends in Warli Art
In his lesson, learn how contemporary influences have shaped the traditional fabric of Warli art.
8. Pravin Mhase reflects on his journey of Warli Art traditions
Listen to the young master artist talk about his endeavours as a torchbearer of this artistic tradition.
1. Understanding the Warli Art
In this module, learn about the Warli tradition, the materials used, the composition, and how the art form differs from other folk arts.
2. Changes in Warli
Apart from the traditional materials and themes that are visible in Warli Art, master artist Sadashiv Mashe tells us about newer themes he has explored.
3. Jivya Soma Mashe
Master artist Sadashiv Mhase shares tales about his father, Padma Shri Jivya Soma Mashe.
4. New Trends in Warli Art
The artist dives into how he and the world see Warli art and discuss the changes it has gone through over time.
5. Tips from Jivya Mashe
The artist shares with us anecdotes from his father Jivya Soma Mhase’s life.
6. Warli for the community
The master artist explains what Warli art means for the community that practices it.
7. The Art of Storytelling
The master artist goes into depth about the art of storytelling in Warli art and the meaning that the art form holds for the community.
8. The Art of Storytelling
Learn all about the relevance and importance Warli art holds for the Warli community that practices it.
9. What do the Warli artists do?
In this module, Vijay Mhase talks about the increasing popularity of the Warli art form in India and around the world.
10. Contemporary Trends in Warli Art
In this lesson, we will delve into examine how contemporary trends in Warli art reflect the adaptability of traditional art forms to contemporary contexts.
11. Pravin Mhase Reflects on his Journey of Warli Art Traditions
Listen to Pravin Mhase reflect on his journey of Warli Art traditions with a deep sense of pride and passion.
1. History Behind the Art of Warlis
In this module, you shall get to learn about the history and evolutions of Warli Art.
2. How did the art get its name
Here, artist Sadashiv Mhase tells us about his father, Padma Shri Jivya Soma Mhase, and his early beginnings with Bhaskar Vinayak Kulkarni.
3. How did the art get its name – 2
Listen as the artist goes into further detail about the history of the art form.
4. Jivya Mashe History
Witness Master artist Sadashiv Jivya Mashe dive into more stories about his father.
5. Jivya and the awards
Get a gist of the awards and recognitions received by the renowned Jivya Soma Mhase.
6. Challenges Faced
In this module, the master artist discusses challenges faced by Warli artists in passing down their art to future generations and how they cope with them.
1. Base materials
In this module, you will learn about the materials used to create the ground for Warli paintings.
2. Rice paste
In this module, you will learn about the material used for creating the white pigment, and the tools used to put them on the canvas.
3. Bamboo Sticks
Here, the artist shows you how a traditional Warli art tool is prepared.
4. Other materials
Watch as the artist briefly takes you on a tour exploring some more tools used in Warli art.
5. How to make these drawing tools
In this module, the artist shows the process of making the necessary tools for Warli art.
6. Colours – White is Right
To begin with, the artist explains the importance of white colour in the Warli community and its art form.
7. How to make the colour white
In this lesson, the artist briefly goes over the whole process of making white paint for Warli art.
8. The process – Step 1 Grinding
In this module, the artist begins the process of creating the white paint by grinding the soaked and dry rice.
9. The process – Step 2 Sieving
Now, the artist goes through the second step, to obtain the very fine particles of the rice flour.
10. The process – Step 3 Adding Water
In this module, the artist shows the final step towards the preparation of the white paint used in Warli paintings.
1. Basic human figures
In this module, the artist starts teaching the basic motif of Warli art – human figures in several positions such as standing, walking, running etc.
2. Figures in advanced stages of movement
In this module, the artist shows how to draw the motif of the human figure amid an activity such as playing an instrument or dancing.
3. Drawing Animals
In this module, the artist teaches how to draw various animal figures that are a regular part of the Warli lifestyle and Warli art.
4. Drawing Trees
In this module, the artist teaches how to draw various trees that constitute an important part of the Warli community’s environment.
5. Sun & Moon
In this module, the artist goes on to draw the sun and moon – important motifs for the farming community.
1. Fundamentals of Warli Art (Borders)
In this module, the artist paints the lines of artistic borders used in Warli paintings while explaining the traditional and cultural significance of each border.
1. Themes & Motifs
In this module, Pravin Mhase explains the motifs and themes prevalent in Wali paintings and the occasions when Warli art is practised.
1. Introducing the theme
In this module, you shall be guided through the Basic Course on the Warli art form, beginning with an explanation of the theme you will be dealing with.
2. Step 1 – Draw the primary figures
First, the artist will guide you to draw the primary figures.
3. Step 2 – Draw the tree
Next, the artist will start adding elements like a tree.
4. Step 3 – Other elements to complete the painting 8
In this last module of the Basic Course, we shall learn to add other smaller objects and figures.
1. Introducing the theme
Welcome! You shall be guided through the Intermediate Course on the Warli art form in this module.
2. Step 1- Imagine and measure your theme on the canvas
The artist explains the importance of composing the artwork and placing the objects according to space and proportions.
3. Step 2 – Draw the primary figures
In this module, the artist begins by drawing the central figures of the painting.
4. Step 3 – Draw the tree
Here, the artist draws the trees along with their intricate details.
5. Step 4 – Add details – Part 1
The artist continues drawing, adding more figures to the painting.
6. Step 5 – Add details – Part 2
The artist continues further to add more figures to the painting.
7. Step 6 – Add details – Part 3
In this module, the artist starts adding more details to the artwork.
8. Step 7 – Add details – Part 4
Here, the artist adds more figures and objects in the background of this artwork.
9. Step 8 – Fill in the gaps
The artist fills in the gaps in the artwork, along with more details.
10. Final touches
In this last module of the Intermediate Course, the artist adds the final touches.
1. The Advanced Course
In this module, you shall be guided through the Advanced Course on the Warli art form.
2. Introducing the theme
The artist begins by explaining the theme of the artwork to be drawn.
3. Step 1- Create a border on your canvas
In this module, the artist starts by creating borders on the canvas.
4. Step 2 – Add geru to your canvas
In this module, the artist applies the ground layers to the canvas.
5. Step 3 – Let’s begin
First, the artist paints the central figure of this artwork and explains the importance of carefully composing and positioning the figures.
6. Step 4 – Add the supporting elements
Watch as the artist continues to add more objects to the painting.
7. Step 5 – Completing the main scene
Watch and learn as the artist starts adding details to the main scene.
8. Step 6 – Add other details
In this module, more figures and details are added to the painting.
9. Step 7- Add details
In this module, further detailing is carried out by the master artist.
10. Step 8 – Fill in the gaps
In this last module of the Advanced Course, the artist adds finishing touches to the painting.
1. Step 1 – Coat the Pot in Geru
In this module, you will be guided through the Bonus Course on how to use the traditional Warli art to decorate terracotta planters.
2. Step 2 – Paint!
In this module, the artist will paint the Warli motifs on the terracotta planter.
3. Terracotta Gullak Piggy bank
In this module, you shall be guided through the Bonus Course on how to use the traditional Warli art to decorate terracotta Gulaks/Piggy banks.
In this module, you shall be guided through the Bonus Course on how to use the traditional Warli art to decorate terracotta bottles.
In this module, you shall be guided through the Bonus Course on how to use the traditional Warli art to decorate terracotta plates.
In this module, you shall be guided through the Bonus Course on how to use the traditional Warli art to decorate terracotta handis.
1. Generational and Community traditions of the Warli people
In this module, the master artist goes into depth about the traditions, beliefs and surroundings of the Warli community and how they are picturised in their art.
The Warli maestro course by Rooftop is led by 3 master artists of the Mhase family.
The eldest son of Padma Shri Jivya Soma Mhase, Sadashiv Ji uses rhythmic, basic shapes to depict the complexity of the world around him. He has performed in Delhi, Chandigarh, Odisha, Bhopal, Nagaland and Goa since 1978.
The son of Sadashiv Mhase, Vijay Mhase’s artistic vision goes beyond traditional boundaries to embrace an international consciousness and often reflects global issues. His recent creations in Warli art brilliantly captured the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in India and across the world.
Pravin Mhase learned Warli art from his grandfather, Padma Shri Jivya Soma Mhase. He extends his dedication through teaching this art form and for this purpose, has traversed both domestic landscapes and foreign shores, including Paris to conduct a masterclass for artists.
Submitting your artwork for review by maestro artists provides an opportunity for critique, validation, and detailed feedback. With the added bonus of receiving a certificate, you can showcase your creativity and potentially turn your artwork into a masterpiece!