Schoolchildren portray thoughts, observations in group show

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Feb 09,2020


A view from group art exhibition at International School Dhaka. — Press release

Students of International School Dhaka have put their thoughts and observations down on artworks on display at a group exhibition that began at the school on January 20.

The exhibition features paintings, drawing and others created using mediums like acrylic paint, charcoal, water colour, oil paint and others by students from grade 6 to 10.

Two teachers — Fahmida Khatun and Hazvineyi Bridget Mutasa — who teach visual art at ISD played an important role in mounting the show. ‘The exhibition has been organised as part of Middle Years Programme. It features artworks by over 120 students from grade 6 to grade 10,’ said Hazvineyi Bridget Mutasa.

‘The visual art programme in the middle school is important. It helps students develop creative thinking. It gives the students a view into how professional artists work. Each year group had a unit. They produced artworks based on that,’ said Fahmida Khatun.

Students of grade 6 have displayed artworks exploring the role of space in their daily lives.

A total of 44 students have portrayed themselves in movements in a number of works, created using pen and acrylic, displayed under the unit ‘Space in Every day.’

Students of grade 7 worked on the unit ‘A Different View of Me’. They have depicted their own identities focusing on portraitures. For example, a student with dual citizenships of Bangladesh and the USA has displayed an acrylic on canvas work comprising the face of a boy with flags of Bangladesh and the USA in the background.

Grade 8 students were assigned the unit ‘A Culture of Still Life’. The students have painted everyday objects to portray stories about their passion and surroundings. One particular student has expressed his passion for football in a sketch depicting shoes, sports equipment and others while another student has visualised her love for nature through an acrylic on paper work showing flower vase, leaves etc.

The unit for students of grade 9 was ‘From My Perspective’. A series containing 4 works, created with pen, ink, marker and colour pencil, by the students portrays worm’s-eye view.

Students of grade 10 worked on the unit titled ‘Drama in the Everyday’.  Students have portrayed different incidents like The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in the United States, the escape of Princess Haya, who fled her husband ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and other such contemporary issues.

The exhibition will end on February 16.

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