The Art of Tomorrow
22 September 2017 | Youth
"I think Art is a very important subject. It teaches you a great deal of discipline and it teaches you time management. Beyond that, the discipline also comes from learning the skills." Mrs Mendelsohn, Art teacher for grades 8-12 said. "It's lovely because you can see yourself improve. If you have some paintings you've done at the beginning of the year and some at the end of the year, there's a big difference. There is the creativity which is something else; it makes your mind feel as if there are fireworks going off."
When asked why St Paul's has an art exhibition every year Mrs Mendelsohn stated that, "only at this time do we see what everybody does all at once. Otherwise you see one little piece at a time, which doesn't have an impact." She added, "It's just a wonderful celebration that makes people proud of what they've done because while you struggled, felt unsure of yourself and felt you didn't do a good job, it is still beautiful. Even when you only got a 60, it is still fantastic!"
Parents, teachers, students and visitors came to join in the experience of art. The art exhibition displayed many paintings, sculptures and drawings from all students in all grades. A parent and member of the community commented that the exhibition was so diverse in terms of the topics as well as the various grades. “They are all so very beautiful and set in different perspectives".
When asked if they enjoyed the art exhibition, Florence Wilkinson, a grade 9 pupil answered "Yes, there are a lot of talented people. It looks really realistic and makes me we want to be that good in the future."
When asking Ruben Stein, a grade 11 art student what his thoughts were on Art, he commented, "I think of art as a way to express oneself that is not just bound to a language, but universal because everyone can understand art."
The art exhibition not only displayed the art of many talented students, but the capability and promise of younger students' art which inspired many spectators to either continue with Art as a subject or to pursue it as a spectator.