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About this Workshop


In this Workshop, we will learn about Kolām, a beautiful craft of Indian women and a common form of intuitive painting. 

Kolām is a visual prayer that Indian women draw on the doorways of homes and spaces in India.  It is made using rice flour or rice paste and the artist's finger only.  Ultimately, though, it is a whole body experience.  Always a symmetrical and geometric abstract form, the Kolām are walked over and gone by day's end.  It is a traditional South Indian art form done for multiple purposes-a welcome sign to the house, a symbol of auspiciousness and as a form of artwork.  The rice flour used to draw the patterns (also chalk, colored powder and flowers are sometimes used) feed the ants, bugs and smaller birds, creating a harmonious way of living with other creatures.  Kolām’s roots go back to ancient Indian beliefs and lifestyle, as a key purpose of drawing the Kolām is to bring exercise to both the mind and the body.  In this way, it may also be regarded as a form of yoga. 

Each day the artist wakes up at dawn and makes this always different visually advanced form again.  While it is a daily practice, for celebrations and special occasions bigger Kolāms are created in public spaces by groups of artists.  While studying in Karnataka I often observed women making the Kolām, and I enjoyed finding them as adornments to the doorways of the temples.  I look forward to meeting you in my Workshop and sharing with you this beautiful part of Indian culture!

What You'll Need

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Indian Kolam GLOkit

This GLOkit contains two 12' square sheets of black paper, one cup of rice flour, and one piece of white oil pastel.

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Additional Supplies

 Learners will also need:

  • 2-3 small pieces of cotton cloths, cut to no larger than a standard washcloth. This can be from an old t-shirt cut into small squares.
  • A cup of water
  • A bowl
  • A sieve (to sift the flour prior to the Workshop)
  • A bowl of water to wash hands if necessary
  • Black (or other colored) construction paper to explore the materials on and practice the technique
  • Paper towels on hand to clean up spills/messes.

Prior to the Workshop:

  • Learners should prepare by cutting their 12" square paper into a circle with a 12" diameter.  
  • Learners should sift the rice flour and place it in the bowl, so that the paste we create has a smoother texture.
  • Learners should make sure they have an ample work space to safely use messy materials and water near a laptop.


Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Maria ProsvirnikovaView Profile

My name is Maria and I was born and raised in Russia by a family of technicians.  My interest in the arts began at an early age, and I started to draw when I was two years old.  I drew over anything within my reach, including my bed, the wallpaper and the ironing board.  I never received an artistic education, as I decided to study Philosophy and Literature instead.  Regardless of my studies, I continued creating on the side with various media, as I enjoy experimenting.  My main media, however, have been sound and performance.  I believe that practice with an inner goal illuminates you.

The first time that I went to India, it was a spontaneous choice.  From the very first moments this country blew my mind.  I had a strange sense of belonging here, of a ‘home feeling’ that I’ve never experienced, even in my own city in Russia.  India is incredibly culturally rich since it has historically been an immigration hub until, perhaps, recently.  I went there seven times altogether, and every time I felt like I was opening a treasure box.  I went to different states, crossing the country by train with the burning desire to learn and observe.  It changed me deeply, spiritually.  In my Workshop I’m teaching how to make a Kolām, which is an ancient technique embedded in Indian spiritualism and culture.  I want to teach intuitive drawing because it allows people to truly enjoy the pleasure of creating and also look inside themselves.

While I was in India I received the opportunity to go to Taiwan.  I decided to move to Taiwan to challenge myself, become truly independent and to grow artistically.  I found a job and became a resident.  I made good friends here and have had the chance to work with artists from many different parts of the world (Japan, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Canada to name some).  Taiwan is a small country, so the art community is tiny, but artists love to travel to Taiwan, and it has been nurturing for me.   

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Indian Kolam