Academy of Creative Art is a non-profit institute promoting Juvenile Art & Photography Education. ACA is run by a Registered Trust Board, Registered under West Bengal Society Registration Act 1961, Registered u/s 12AA of the I. T. Act, 1961 and qualified for deduction u/s 80G of the I. T. Act, 1961. ACA was founded in 1991 by Shilpi (Artist) Anil Kumar Dutta.
Shri N G Bangur, Shri Abhiprasun Chattopadhyay, Shri Debajyoti Bhowmick and Shri Abhimannyu Dutta (pen name Raja Abhimannyu)
Emeritus Members – Prof. Amalendu De, Dr Ranen Ayan Dutt, Shri Prabhat Ranjan Roy, Shri Sudhir Mohan Chatterjee
Supported By – Shri Himanshu Karmakar, Shri Ratan Pal, Shri Rathin Chakraborty, Shri Partha Mitra, Shri Sumit Goswami, Shri Upagupta Badopadhyay, Shri Subrata Kundu, Smt Pritikana Santra and others.
Shilpi Anil Kumar Dutta, himself a landscape and portrait painter, writer, printer and publisher, devoted the later part of his life for the cause of art education. He had the vision and dream of a platform to serve the society through art activities and founded Academy of Creative Art.
Academy of Creative Art aims and acts in line with the thoughts of the founder to promote Art education among the masses. He strongly believed in the need of Art in everybody’s life for enjoyment and creative satisfaction, both for the young and the old. Art education can provide and has huge scope for employment was his firm belief.
Aims of The Academy
To develop expertise in teaching learning and provide good quality Art Education systematically,
To lay the path and guide the students to strive for sincere approach towards one’s goal of enjoyment or of profession,
To impart values in an individual through Art Education,
To guide and help pass-outs, to attain their goal of creative enjoyment or search possibilities of occupation according to ability and merit.
Art Education & The Academy
Very few individuals with immense natural talent can flourish to become successful artists by themselves — self taught artists are a rare breed.
Otherwise, as in all walks of life, an artist flowers only after going through a learning process. Behind every success story is a history of guided education.
Art Education may be broadly classified into two schools. Firstly, the classical gurukul way where the student gradually develops skill and maturity through close interaction with his teacher over a period of time. The Indian classical music education structure probably bears the biggest testimony of this school till date.
Secondly, institutionalised art education is the other alternative school now widely accepted all over the world. Here the student, within a stipulated time frame, get broader views and right direction which help them to develop progressive attitude and choose from options for a life-style to one’s liking.
Institutionalised art education began about a century and a half ago in our country. The early attempts in this field were mainly for developing artists, or technicians to be precise, to carry out technical drawings and documentation. This gradually shifted tracks towards works with creative and aesthetic values and today has made its place in tandem with general education under Universities. Systematic institutionalised art education with modern views and techniques is the demand of the day. Today, it is believed worldwide that no teacher is an authority, but merely a guide.
The beginning was in the humble studio of the gifted artist Purna Chandra Chakraborty. In 1991, the Academy took the first steps with the blessings of the founder president Shilpi Rathin Maitra and Sahityer Sabyasachi Premendra Mitra.
Right from the early days the Academy is being ably guided by extremely devoted educationists like Dr Pratap Chandra Chunder, Dr Ranen Ayan Dutt, Shri Saritsekhar Majumder, Prof Amalendu De, Prof Santipriya Chatterjee, Shri Tarak Nath Mondal, Shri Nirmalya Nag and others.
Here, at Academy of Creative Art, the knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated teachers are here to implant positive approach, initiate the thought process, sharpen the skills, help to avoid mistakes and lead their wards to the door of expression and creativity called Art.