The Garden of Earthly Delights


Conducting a session outdoors was a luxurious idea for me, living in a city like Bombay. Having studied in Bangalore I’ve grown up mostly engaging in art activities that explore and include the outdoors. To replicate this in Bombay meant that I had to wait for the right weather and the apt location for an outdoor session.

The day came in March this year. We created an interpretation of ‘The Garden Of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch.

The original painting by Hieronymus Bosch shows Adam and Eve and various animals on the left panel, cavorting nude figures, oversized fruit and earthly delights in the middle (from which the triptych takes its name), and hell ensuring torment for sinners on the right panel. This work sums up the history of the world and focuses on the progression of life.1280px-The_Garden_of_Earthly_Delights_by_Bosch_High_Resolution

The canvas became our playground and the kid’s creatures that populated this playground while making marks and layers with various different medium. Depictions of human life, plant life, city population, destruction, order, Earth and Space, day and night — was all a part of the canvas. Each layer was saw a different medium and each child used their vivid imagination to ensure their descriptions told the stories of life as they see it.


The focus for this session was to engage them in a collaborative experience and to experience the challenges and thrill of painting on a grand scale. The canvas was approximately 10 ft wide by 10 ft long. For me, it was wonderful to see how each child reacted differently to the large blank canvas that lay on the grass in the garden we picked. Each of them then built a story the way they saw it unfold. For some it was a very intimidating experience and for the others an exhilarating one.     Garden5This session made me realize that kids are most excited and ambitious to learn on unconventional projects. There are so many topics shared and discussed that it becomes an opening not only into focusing on the art and the artistry but also crosses paths into history, geography and leaves room for a lot more imagination.Garden of earthly delightsFollow my experiences with teaching art with Drawing Room on facebook.