Brazilian artist, Prof Paulo Cesar Teles-organised international Art and Multimedia workshop made its Nigeria debut in Osogbo, State of Osun. The international workshop titled The Wishing Tree, held for four days at the Blue and White Hotel, Oke Onitea, Osogbo.
Coordinated by art instructor Olaniyi Sunday Olaniran and sponsored by Kingdom Kids International Schools and Excellent Schools, all in Osogbo, the workshop ended with a grand finale program and the formation of The Wishing Tree.
According to Olaniran, enthusiasm of the participating children increased daily, during the workshop as they were actively engaged in the distinct experience of the workshop. "The children built a tree from cheap and discarded products, which were recycled materials available in their local environment," Olaniran stated shortly after workshop. "Pupils and students of both schools wrote and made drawings to express their future wishes."
Participating students, the coordinator added "amazingly discovered that discarded and recycled materials from the environment, used to produce different things like The Wishing Tree was made by wishes that came true." Some of the drawings prepared by the children, he explained, were submitted, scanned, projected and became interactive to the body movements through ultrasonic sensors placed on the tree.
Before coming to Nigeria, The Wishing Tree international workshop has previously been held in Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Germany, New Zealand, with Nigeria being the 6th country to take part of it. Teles is moving the workshop to Japan as the next country to visit. “His ultimate objective is to build The Wishing Forest with all other built tree together.”
Teles explained his vision: “My joy in life is to see the multimedia wishes of children all over the world fulfilled in the future”. He also said, “technology is accessible to everyone and at everywhere and can be harnessed to express art
The Director of Studies, Solomon Oladapo of Excellent Schools expressed his joy and excitement at the project, which gave children the opportunity to participate in something international like the The Wishing Tree workshop. He added that participating in such a rare event is a great opportunity for his school to prove the commitment to quality learning.
Director of Academics at Kingdom Kids International Schools, Mrs Ifeoluwa Olowoye expressed her overwhelming excitement and satisfaction about the program. She stated that rare art exhibition is in line with the goal of kingdom Kids International Schools, which is to raise future leaders through quality learning in education and character.
The self-taught professional visual artist and cartoonist who is also the main host and the facilitator of the event, Olaniran was lauded for his initiatives that made the Art and Multimedia event a great success. Olaniran was impressed by the large number of children that participated in the project. He said: “I will remain committed to promoting arts and cultural values in manners that positively affect lives of participants, the art community and also give great representation of the country to the international community.”
Teles is a Professor in the University of Campinas –Brazil. He graduated in Radio and TV Social communication, Masters in Multimedia, PhD in Communication and Semotics and Post PhD in Educational Communication.