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KZN SCHOOLS ART (article first published : 2002-01-24)

The annual KwaZulu-Natal Schools Art Exhibition will open at the Durban Art Gallery on 13 February and run until the end of March. Once again this exhibition promises to be a vibrant and varied display, showcasing as it does a wide range of art, craft and design produced last year by senior learners in the province's state schools.

The exhibition always attracts a large audience from both the education sector and the general public. Art educators find the exhibition an invaluable teaching resource, and during the run of the show the gallery is thronged on most days with learners coming to look, learn and be inspired.

“The high standard of work on show is proof that Art is alive and well at many of our secondary schools,” says Daryl Houghton, Subject Advisor: Art of the North Durban Region.

“The basis of the senior art course at schools remains observational drawing and a selection of drawings done as part of the Matric Practical examination will be on display,” Daryl continues. “The finest of these drawings show remarkable powers of observation and a high level of technical skill.

“Apart from drawing, the exhibition will also include examples of painting, sculpture, and printmaking as well as ceramics. Craft and design, in its many facets, will also form a small, but important, part of the exhibition since this is a growing aspect of the art course at many schools. In a society with a high rate of unemployment, educators are becoming increasingly aware of the need to provide learners with craft and design skills so that these might be used after school towards earning a living. Examples of digital design, fabric printing, fashion and jewellery design will be on show.

“Faced with shrinking budgets, Art educators, of necessity, have had to become resourceful in terms of materials and this too, is reflected in the exhibition. Many learners are increasingly using the humble ballpoint pen in a variety of colours as a prime drawing medium and some fine works in this medium will be on show. Also on display will be highly creative examples of wearable art made out of waste materials.

The exhibition reflects the positive face of educational change in KZN and brings together all the cultural strands in the province in a celebration of youthful artistic endeavour and creativity.”




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