Arts and Craft under my supervision began here in February 2013.
We have done work with collages of figures, charcoal and wash drawings of the new building at the Health Academy.
The arrival of a continuous project for our student lay at the centre of my thinking while I worked with them from February until August. It was then that, after having watched and thought about the work of the students and their ability, I was able to concieve the T-Shirt project, for the students to express their artistic ability as well as to give our international volunteers something to take back home with them.
The T-Shirt project works with the names of the students and the symbols which are linked to the student names. For example the name Andile means abumndance in isiZulu and is linked to an image of the ocean or sky.
By painting the symbols linked to their names, the students are painting things rather than concepts. The stuudent names provide the stimulus for the response to the things painted. I also find that this project enhances group activity.
I enjoy working with the students that I meet.