St Hugh's speaks from the 'art'

Thursday, April 10, 2014    

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CORPORATE Area all-girls institution, St Hugh's High walked away with the top prize at the National Exhibition for Art in Schools, organised by the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).

At the presentation ceremony held at the downtown Kingston-based IOJ yesterday, St Hugh's captured the Institute of Jamaica Trophy, having been adjudged the best overall school and which displayed mastery of the craft in the areas they presented.

Art teacher Alishia Wilks-James was beside herself with the win, noting it was the culmination of many hours of hard work.

"I am speechless as I really didn't expect to win. Nevertheless, I am pleased beyond words. We drew on a variety of pieces for this exhibition, particularly the work of students in the upper school with a few pieces from the lower school," said Wilks-James.

Among the other top winners were St George's College, which took home the Robert GB Verity trophy for creativity; Foga Road High which walked away with the Institute of Jamaica Shield for outstanding craftsmanship as well as Buff Bay High which nabbed the Hugh Dawes Trophy for passion and integrity of their pieces.

Head of the three-member panel of judges, Stanford Watson, while noting that the exhibition is a good one, called for more diversity in the coming years.

"We note, for instance, the diligence evident in some of the works. The strength of the schools is often consistent with the strength or orientation of the teacher. To ensure some diversity in the presentation, we should probably team up with neighbouring schools so we can share the skills and the knowledge," he said.

Guest speaker at the event, executive director at the National Gallery, Dr Verlee Poupeye, encouraged the participants to open their minds to new possibilities, not only the established and known forms of artistic expression... As such, she welcomed the introduction of animation as a category.

This year's award for animation went to Joshua Solas of St George's College.

Solas told the Jamaica Observer that the piece presented came out of "dabbling with stop motion technology". He has already been accepted into art school in the United States where he will major in illustration, but sees animation as something he will work with in the future.

-- Richard Johnson





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