aptitude for art.

Students from the 7 Art Elective Programme (AEP) Centres strut their stuff at NAFA Galleries 1 & 2. The Art Elective Programme, initiated and funded by the Ministry of Education, allows academically inclined students to pursue art under an extended curriculum under the various centres. Their course of study entails studio practice and theory, ranging from 2.5 hours to 5 hours of art a week (excluding overtime on the part of students, teachers, and sometimes parents!).

When I visited the gallery on a Saturday, young visitors, possibly students in the NAFA children’s art classes accompanied by their parents seemed delighted by the visual spectacle -artworks in a variety of subject matter and media. An adult visitor was quick to note the maturity of methods of expressing their various ideas, and technical competency of these students’ works. Another artist friend commented that some of the works are better than some of the diploma art-school works.

One mindset to access these works, is to consider the themes these teenagers choose to express, either as personal commentary, expression or observations. If art is a reflection of society, then these works may very well allow us an insight into the thinking of some youths today.

Note: Pictures taken are biased towards works of ex-students from NYGH, where I teach.

exhibition unrated.

Exhibition till Aug 6, 2007. Open daily from 10am – 7pm.


3 responses to “AEPtitude

  1. they are good for their level. i am wanedering how long did they take to finish what they have exhibition?

  2. Mig, I can tell you they took REAL long to finish! As for their personal trials and jubilations, you will find that each found their own stumbling block at some point … I would say an average A ‘level candidate in the AEPE would spend 10 waking hours x 20 weeks. An average O’level candidate would spend 5 waking hours x 20 weeks on their craft (from concept to production, to preparation of prep boards and presentation of final piece).

  3. Excellent effort! Definitely very high quality. Will make art school students drop their jaws. keep up the good work, students and teachers!!
    Interesting also to see that some works are strongly influenced by works of some local artists, not just foreign ones. Got remnants of david chan, earnest chan, … which I think is fine at this level. It will be good that they start developing their own language if they pursue art further.Lighting for one or two works too dim.
    The postcards bearing the students’ work are good ‘souvenirs’. Would be good if info of the AEPtitude exhibition also printed, as the documentation rather dispersed.

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