Top Winners Emerge at Premier International ‘Art Explosion’

Sunday Ehigiator

Premier International School has demonstrated its commitment to impacting the lives of students positively through internal art competitions.

One of these titled ‘2021 Art Explosion’ saw Hauwa Adamu, Fatima Shehu, and Jidenna Okechukwu emerge as winners of the secondary, primary and pre-school categories respectively.

The virtual event which had as theme ‘The New Normal’ was held between May 12 and 27, fetching each winner not less than N100,000 each in prize worth.

The founder of the intra-school competition and Head of Department of Fine-Art, Agoreyo Armstrong, revealed how the contest began.

“The students were required to make a one-minute video of them working on the theme. They were to interpret the theme to the best of their knowledge using any medium of their choice, either clay, or pencil, or water colour, paint, or sculpture and upload the same on their social media platform then tag the school.

“The students with the highest numbers of likes initially get 50 per cent chances of winning, while the judges decide on the other 50 per cent, as they will sort out for works that fits into the theme, and also meet up with other judgement parameters such as proportion and use of space,’’ he explained.

For the school’s art instructor, Ifeanyichukwu Onyeiwu having a functional art Academy and art clubs had contributed immensely to shaping the young creative minds.

“The idea of the competition is to give the kids every reason to believe that they can generate original concepts that could speak for them, and also one that could help them stand confidently in the presence of their contemporaries, and be able to own-up to the originality of their work, by saying, yes, I made this piece of art myself,” he said.

One of the Judges, Onyekachi Bertha revealed that the best three artworks were selected in respect to originality of concept, use of colour, neatness, adherence to theme and attention to details.

While reflecting on the performance of the students, the Head of School, Charles Husseni, said: “One of them, Fatima Shehu, qualified to the national level of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. The others have been consistently achieving and have represented the school in art competitions in the past. We expect more wins, more participation in any available art competitions around the country.’’

The Head of Primary, Rita Odubela harped on quality of the school and significant of the award, which according to her, justifies why the school was recognised as the best school in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, in 2020 “by the Department of Quality Assurance, Federal Ministry of Education.”

“Premier International School has been at the forefront of providing quality education in the past 24 years. Our Alumni are excelling in their various fields of endeavours and we can only continue to improve on our antecedents,” she said.

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