Going nuts about Art

THERE was art, creativity, paint and fun galore for the art students of Global Leadership Academy recently.

Every term, the pupils and their art teacher; Lize-Marie Smit get together to experiment with new techniques and different styles of art from around the world.

This time the theme was colour and emotion. Pupils were encouraged to move away from their desire to work neatly and perfectly within the box, and rather to lose control as they painted and experimented.

The highlight of the event was when the pupils were presented with the works of Jackson Pollock and given paintbrushes and a big canvas. With music and paint all over the place the atmosphere was explosive. One or two pupils were even seen rolling around on the canvas.

On Monday morning pupils of Global Leadership Academy gathered around the big artwork and started discussing and questioning how such an abstract work could be called art. Smit said to this question, modern artists would answer: “It is the fact the artwork provoked the question that made the moment an artwork.”

In that case, if art can be captured in a memory, then this weekend could be considered a masterpiece, Smit said.

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