Sunday 11 September 2016

Teachers Show ‘…Challenge of National Development’

AS group art exhibition titled Visual arts, Communication and Creativity, featuring works of teachers is currently showing till Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at School of Art, Design and Printing, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

A triptych, Olori (Head) by Ayoola Sodade

Ayoola Sodade, Abdulrasheed Afolabi, Hakeem Adeyemo, Olubunmi Adetayo, Emma Idiong, Tajudeen Adeyoola, Taiwo Akinwande and Taiwo Sorunke are artists and designers on the exhibition list.

Excerpts from curatorial notes: Research and development is the lubricant that oils the wheels of visual art education and training. With continuous research and development, visual arts educators are imbued with innovative ideas to stay ahead of the learning curve. According to Tina Illoekwe of the Department Fine and Applied Arts, Federal College of Education, Okene, the quality of visual arts educator has a large bearing on students’ interests in studying the subject. 

A 2005 report by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, entitled “A Portrait of the Visual Arts: Meeting the Challenges of a New Era” examines the visual arts in the context of the broader arts environment, especially, the challenges of visual art practice in a digital age. According to the report, the visual art is a “system that responds to internal and external forces in the broader society and thus reflects such trends as growing pluralism in the artistic styles, the new technologies, and changing public expectations about the role of the visual arts in society”. 

Expectedly, given the above dynamics, the onus falls on visual art educators to continually be at the top of their practice. They must continue to research, experiment and bring the products of their experiences to the public through conferences, workshops, exhibitions and community development projects. This will improve their knowledge and skills so that they can teach students better - students who will conquer the world as innovative creators.

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