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KZN SCHOOLS ART EXHIBITION (article first published : 2001-02-20)

The annual exhibition of artworks produced by senior learners at state schools in KZN will be on show at the Durban Art Gallery from February 26 to March 25. Hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and Culture, the exhibition has become a major event on the gallery calendar over the past four years, attracting as it does, large number of viewers.

Hundreds of learners in school group visit the exhibition during its run, and art educators are able to use the works on show as an important teaching resource. On display will be a comprehensive range of work selected from secondary schools throughout the province. The exhibition will include examples of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, fabric painting, ceramics, print making and jewellery design, as well as computer generated art.

The art works selected come from a wide range of schools and vary in the expertise of their creation. Of particular interest will be a series of extremely fine, clay portrait busts produced at deep rural school with few resources beyond an enthusiastic and dedicated art educator.

Criteria for selection is based on merit in terms of both realisation of concept and teaching skill together with a strong emphasis on creativity and originality. At school level, the subject Art is increasingly being seen as having a major contribution to make towards the acquisition of thinking skills. Thus, much of the art on show is experimental and provides evidence of learners exploring different approaches and a wide range of materials and techniques.

Observational drawing still remains an essential part of the senior art course and a selection of some of the finest drawing produced for the Matric examination will be on show. These drawings, done during a six hour session, are remarkable in terms of attention to details, handling of light and tone as well as sheer technical skill.

The exhibition promises, as usual, to be an exciting and positive reflection of the range and quality of art currently being produced in our state schools.




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