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ISSEA Art and Drama| First Day Summary!

Erik Hutter, Tunde Kachingwe, and Reena Said

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ISSEA Art and Drama 2017 officially began today. Yesterday the five participating schools arrived to HIS, enthusiastic and ready to display and perform their beautiful pieces. Today ISSEA started off with a wonderful opening ceremony  featuring Ms. Carmen and her band. That performance that was followed up with drama performances crafted by the amazing students and instructors from the participating school. HIS started out with a comical performance that focused on teenagers on a trip to Victoria Falls. AISM continued with an entertaining modernized Romeo and Juliet performance. AISJ went next and they performed skit emphasizing the theme of focus and procrastination. ISK presented a unique and intriguing performance that was focused on a death incident. AISL captivated the audience with a performance that had the theme of the movie “Inside-out”. The ICS students had the last performance and they indulged us with an entertaining performance where a group of characters got stuck in an elevator and were trying to get out.

After these performances the participants carried on with some fun games and exercises led by the drama coaches. The warm up activities helped the students socialize and get to know one another. Following in position was the workshop introduction.

Moving on to the Art Department, after the workshop introduction the phenomenal pieces of art that were made by students from different schools were displayed at the foyer of the PAC. Each of these pieces had a story to them that made the works even more exquisite. There were multiple workshops that focused on different aspects of art and the students were able to sign up and be involved in the workshops of their interest.

 

One workshop that caught the attention of the Warthogs’ World journalists was the one of Helen Teede. Teede first gave a short brief on what was going to happen in the workshop. She explained that first one should not think while drawing but simply “be loose” on the inside and outside. In her course the student artists used engine oil. Teede stated that engine oil goes hand in hand with Turpentine and that without it, the oil is “unfixed” meaning it will run off the canvas quickly. Ms. Teede demonstrated how starts off her paintings. She scribbles onto the canvas with charcoal, pen or crayons, “simply so the canvas wasn’t a blank space”. To start getting a sense of the abstract part she told the artists to simply show what is inside of themselves and put it onto the canvas in no planned or coordinated order; She recommended using your weak hand to draw or even drawing with your eyes closed. Teede made it clear that there are no restrictions on what artists are allowed to do with their canvases. “A 6 year old could have drawn that”, she said, because that what was some were thinking, “but that’s the point”, she explained. Teede wanted the ISSEA artists to simply let go and not recreate a memory onto the canvas, but create a new memory with no expectations of what somebody sees in the painting. “If you feel like you want to redo something: don’t. Learning to fail is important before you learn to succeed.” After the instructions were given to the students, most couldn’t wait and quickly grabbed a canvas, pens, brushes and oil, to create whatever they wanted, splashing paint, spilling it and/or simply drawing with it.

 

Another workshop that captured the attention of our journalists was the one of Masimba Hwati. Hwati believes that “there is a story and energy behind every object”, and his work emphasizes the fact that art is a diverse method of human expression. The objective of the Vanishing Objects workshop was to find the story and the meaning behind every object available to the artist. The students initially wrote down their feelings about an object, and included what they think and feel about it. After the ideas have been laid on the table (literally, they wrote their feelings on the table) students began to incorporate the objects into visual art pieces. The use of symbolism was important, as they began to sketch and draw, as it created a narrative to their piece and assisted them as they develop their artwork. Students accessed their childhood memories to make personal connections with their work; such stories include a bedtime story about snow white, brotherly bonds in memories about music and several other childhood nostalgias. Once the connection was made the students used the objects themselves to create a more metaphorical and symbolic interpretation to their personal stories. One student created a very interesting and well-constructed piece, using six different objects such as a clock, a can lid, and an old portrait. Through these materials he created a piece that in his words“ grasped his identity”, allowing him to express his personal story through the object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Miranda Huizinga on February 23rd, 2017 10:27 pm

    Thanks so much from an ISK, Kenya parent for this wonderful written story about the first day of ISSEA Drama & Visual Art 2017. It feels as if I was “amost” there with you all. Have a lovely time and thank you for this wonderful exchange and experience… and last but not least a big thank you for the hospitality of HIS and host families! 😊

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