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Friday, 29 January 2021

Art students showcase talent in virtual exhibition

TALENTED: Fourth-year Education Art students Cecilia Pienaar, Ashwill Meyer and Colleen Lewies are showcasing their work in a virtual exhibition. TALENTED: Fourth-year Education Art students Cecilia Pienaar, Ashwill Meyer and Colleen Lewies are showcasing their work in a virtual exhibition.

The fourth-year Education Art students are a group of talented student-teachers who are showcasing their work in a virtual exhibition.

The exhibition is a culmination of a year’s hard work produced by students taking the Art in Education module, which equips them to teach art in schools. “The focus of last year’s work was on the development of creativity and self-expression, an aspect which needs to be fostered in our schools to equip learners for the demands of the 21st century,” says Wellington Campus-based Jacoba Meiring says Wellington Campus-based Jacoba Meiring, an Intermediate and Foundation Phase Studies Art Lecturer in the Education Faculty.

Blended teaching in 2020 has brought many challenges for students across the board. “The virtual exhibition showcases the art students’ brave and beautiful attempt at navigating these challenges,” adds Meiring. She observed that students experimented with a wide variety of mixed-media techniques on cardboard boxes and employed a process-approach to their work.

“The exhibition is a proof of their ability, as future teachers, to turn challenges such as the shortage of art materials into opportunities to find creative solutions,” continues Meiring. “The size of artworks in the virtual exhibition is in proportion to average wall heights.”

 The exhibition can be viewed on https://www.artsteps.com/view/5fa1157cbf418b3f42af65a7?currentUser. The viewer navigates the exhibition by using the icon arrows as well as the start and pause icon at the bottom of the screen. The viewer can also “walk” through the exhibition by using keyboard arrows.

“By clicking on an artwork in the exhibition, more information is provided on the concept, the medium, techniques and how the artwork relates to classroom-practice,” she elaborates. “By clicking on ‘start the show’, the viewer will automatically be taken through the exhibition without self-navigation.”

A video of the exhibition in Mp4 format is also available and features a soundtrack of a rap song by Ashwill Meyer, one of the exhibiting students. It can be viewed on https://www.artsteps.com/view/5fa1157cbf418b3f42af65a7?currentUser.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za