Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jordan Prince William Art Showcase

Paxton Fernander and Alexandria Symonette with their butterfly blue
 rugs theme with Tinker Bell and butterflies.
Paxton Fernander and Alexandria Symonette with their butterfly blue rugs theme with Tinker Bell and butterflies.

PLASTERED along the halls inside the Dr Grace Cobbs administration building at Jordan Prince William's School are the artworks of talented students in the primary and high schools With the inclusion of the primary sections in their fourth annual art exhibition, the artworks range from novice to skilled art pieces that represent hardwork and creative works that are mind boggling.
Looking at the exhibit, it is evident that while some students have that natural ability to put together a good piece.
Pencil and pen drawings, shaded in by coloured chalk and other media are used to bring out a unique vision in each piece depicting the human anatomy, plant life, still life, and abstract pieces, which have to be interpreted on another level.
For the crafts, such as hand woven rugs and baskets, students came up with their own themes.
"It is important that by design, each piece offers some deserving recognition that would help to nurture the artistic talents of primary students in their budding attempts to ventilate some of their best creative inclinations," said Wil Pluck, art professor at the school, who spearheaded this year's exhibition.
According to the art and social critic, Jordan Prince Williams school is the magnet institution known for honing the skills of budding artists. This year, Mr Pluck advised several of his students from the junior and senior high schools to create pieces for showcase, and to submit some of their artwork for the BJC and BGCSE exams.
A few of the primary school students submitted their art for the exhibit, and much of the art pieces were entered as coursework for Bahamas standardised tests.
It is hoped that through this formal collective display of their talent in an exhibit entitled, 'The Blessing of Knowledge Becomes a Big Curse,' the school's students would be better able to recognise a greater sense of purpose and therefore appreciate and take advantage of many professional opportunities.
Mr Pluck breaks down the theme of the exhibit saying: "When we pervert knowledge, or abuse it, it becomes an affinity that we must long for.
"But this year, a few pieces were added especially to honor the forerunners who passed through the school and had been apart of earlier showings in previous years.
"This year, the visual voice of those forerunners has been acknowledged. It was done to showcase other students who may be so inclined to pursue the study of art as an enviable part of professional interests.
"After they leave the institution, it is therefore again the backdrop of these and other unstated but equally valid considerations that this fourth annual art exhibition is being presented."
Former students of Jordan Prince William School have received scholarships from the school's art programme. Like Keno Lockhart, who got received a scholarship while at Aquinas College to attend university abroad.
The Dr Grace Cobbs Building is open from 9am to 4pm. Mr Pluck invites the public especially past students to come in and see the art pieces of students during this last week before the exhibit is taken down.

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