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International art seminar explores significance of art education

•Prince Olusegun Adeniyi and other participants

To succeed today and in the future, the children will need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative. And the best way to foster that creativity is through arts education. Art, beyond the ability to draw is indeed a veritable platform to nurture divine talents, build character and harness intellectual capacity of people.

Art education is the right of every child and any artistic endeavour engaged with the children should be fully supported and encouraged. Recently, artists, art students, art educators and art lovers converged at the Kuku Library Ijebu Ode for the annual international art seminar/exhibition organised by the Divine Connect Art Gallery in conjunction with the Arewa Adeyemi Foundation. The theme for this year art education gathering is ART EDUCATION, MY ART which was a deliberate attempt to speak the minds of numerous children whose destiny are tied to creative art but were denied the opportunity of harnessing their innate talents due to societal sentiment and perception about art. Every child under the law has right to access and enjoy art education.

The key presenters at the 5th edition of the international art seminar/exhibition were Lanre Tejuoso, an award winner of the Prix du Ministere Senegalais de la Culture at DakÁrt Biennale 2018. The founder of Aroko Museum shared his experience of using waste as tool for visual expression; Adeyemo Tajudeen, the proprietor of MP-ARTS also shared his experience of the multimedia art with the audience; Prince Olusegun Adeniyi, an award winning artist-cum-art educator delivered a short lecture on Art Competition as a motivating factor in aiding student’s academic performance in Visual Art.

He shared his previous global achievements and recognitions with audience and also encouraged the art teachers to join InSEA (International Society of Education through Art) at insea.org; Victor Mamora, co-founder of Duage Nigeria Limited shared some insight into branding and leadership development ; Oladimeji Oluwagbenga Isaac, the CEO of Divine Connect Art Gallery and the convener of the international art seminar/exhibition, drummed support for art education in our communities, saying that art education should be strengthening in schools to allow young people to develop creative understanding of the world they live in. In whole, the annual international art seminar/exhibition advocated for art education and evinced the dynamic and rewarding experience of art education.

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