Thursday, 2 June 2016

Workshop on Fine Art Ends in Awka with a call for Teachers of the subject to invest more on practical



Workshop on Fine Art Ends in Awka with a call for Teachers of the subject to invest more on practical

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

In a bid to commemorating the 2016 United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Art Education Week, ZIMO Art Gallery and Creative Project in collaboration with Kenneth Dike Library, Awka recently held a-one day Art Workshop for all the Primary and Secondary Schools in Anambra State.

Entitled “Do it Yourself”, the participated pupils and students, were not only tutored on the rudiment of Visual or Fine Art, but further acquired skills on painting, drawing, and tie dye.

Addressing the enthusiastic participants in a-one-on-one chat, a Senior lecturer, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Clifford Nwanna posited that the workshop was apt in showcasing to the world diverse opportunities accruing from fine art, because according to him, the phenomenon goes beyond self expression to a profession and father of human productions.

Also speaking, the CEO Zimo Art Gallery, Mr. Uchechukwu Ezeemo described the initiative as his little contributions to humanity aimed at empowering the youngsters through the dividends of Art Profession.

On what informed Kenneth Dike’s Library to partner ZIMO’s Art on the project, Nkechi Udeze, the Acting Director of the agency, said that art is a worthwhile venture, and best of the life endeavour for building entrepreneurial children and youths.

Udeze, therefore urged Art teachers and lecturers to be passionate of the subject/course with a view to imparting positively on their pupils and students.

A facilitator of the event, who supervised the participants while they drew and painted objects themselves, Mr. Fredrick Nwogem, a Post Graduate Student of Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, expressed satisfaction over the outcome, even as he envisaged that the younger generation would perform expediently on art if constantly exposed through similar art practical, seminars and workshops.

In an interview with Orient Daily, Miss Chika Chinenye of Grade 4, Livingworld Magnet School and Mr. Chidera Nwakalor—SS1 Student of Cowther Seminary School, Awka said the training have inspired them to pitch interest in fine art even though they were of science classes.

Orient Daily observed that out of ten schools invited for the workshop, three which included the Livingworld Magnet, Daystar and Bishop Crowther Seminary School Awka were on attendance.
  

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