ART is a natural and beautiful activity that children engage in just for the joy of being creative.
But Mzansi has a poor relationship with art. It is the first subject that schools cut from their curriculums to save money. This act of accounting takes away a critical tool which develops creative thinking. Creativity is not limited to pretty pictures because it benefits all parts of the brain.
Last week the primary school section of Radley Private School hosted its second annual art auction to raise funds.
The winning entry from the primary school was produced by Shanaz Sabra and Tinyiko Sithole, who received a cheque for R2 500. The high school winners, who also received R2 500, were Rosylin Tait and Lykin van Rensburg.
The event also saw the announcement of the winners of the “I am an entrepreneur” desk art competition.
Pupils from the primary and high schools were asked to create art based on interpretations of entrepreneurship.
Some of the classes worked on specific themes and each grade produced a collaborative piece to which the entire class contributed.
Bidding on the artworks was keen. A record R1 500 was bid for a collaborative piece by the music students. More than R7 000 was raised overall.