I was invited to travel to a privately owned international school in another state. The school is only two years old, and is fully equipped with the most modern facilities. I gave a three day art workshop for the junior students focusing on everything from the elements and principals of design, to traditional and contemporary Nigerian Art. Students were excited to learn about their cultures art as well as get some hands on experience using local clay, paint, and rice and beans for mosaics.
After planting a variety of crops including corn, beans, casava, and yam students constructed a friendly scarecrow to keep the lizards away.
Students enjoy a field trip to watch other primary and secondary schools compete in a sports competition. Below are the various queens and kings of each school leading a marching parade of athletes.
Students gather as a Sister of Notre Dame coaches them on team work, concentration, and determination for the upcoming sporting event.
Students line up paintings on chalkboard. After titling each one, they give a short presentation on what their painting is about and which contemporary Nigerian Artists they were influenced by. Others listen and comment on the positive aspects of the painting as well as what changes could make the painting stronger.
Students use influence from a selection of contemporary Nigerian Artists to create their own acrylic paintings on hard wood.
Students begin their study of Drama as a form of performing arts. We are able to use a small amount of recycled paint to create the beginning of a sky for a drama. Junior classes practice writing scripts, improvisation, and separating themselves into the various roles of cast and crew.
Students study traditional Nigerian Art cultures such as: Nok, Esie, Bennin, Igbo Ukwu, Owo, Ife, and Tsoede. All junior classes are preparing to take a field trip to Esie Museum. A museum that holds the largest collection of soap stone figures in Sub-Saharan Africa.
After students went home for their Christmas holiday, I was blessed to have the opportunity to visit Lagos one more time while in Nigeria. I attended staff Christmas parties with the people who worked at the Clinic, church services lasting late into the night and lots of visits with friends.
I was also lucky enough to witness the birth of three healthy triplets on New Years Day!
Students prepared for their annual Christmas Carol by practicing songs, dances, dramas, and other activities to perform for their parents, supporters and other well wishers.