On May 4, AUN Academy (Elementary) celebrated its annual Arts and Craft Day. The colorful event was held at the Community Hall. Pupils, parents, and teachers attended.
The event venue was decorated with the works of pupils from different grades. Some of the pupils’ paintings, drawings, colorings, and collages were also exhibited at different stands.
Director of the school, Mrs. Elizabeth Raymond, welcomed the guests. Applauding the parents, she told the assembly, “We are really grateful to you all for turning up each time we invite you.” She was particularly grateful to the school’s Arts and Craft teacher for all his good work, especially in preparation for the Arts and Craft Day.
The event featured series of activities including dance, music, poems, and drama performed by pupils including the early learning graders and kindergarten.
The day included a dance competition by a representative from each class grade. Two winners emerged and were crowned Arts, Craft King and Queen, both from grade five.
Keynote speaker of the day, Dean Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, spoke on the importance of Arts and Craft to children. “Art brings the inner self out of every child; it brings out something beautiful, precious, and new out of nothing.” He told parents present at the event to look beyond the art pieces exhibited at the event: “Look beyond the paintings and pencil marks but, rather, look into the souls that birthed them and the pure inner beings from which they came.”
Pupils who had the best artwork exhibited received awards. Geo Salu, Abubakar Nyako, and Shivan Prasad received Artist of the Year, Best Performing Arts, and Best in Coloring Award, respectively. “I am really excited and glad that I received this award,” said Salu, Artist of the Year from grade five.
AUN Elementary Arts and Craft teacher, Chidi Okwuanaso, said he is indeed impressed by the pupils’ drawings, paintings, songs, and drama. “I am trying to build up the creativity in these children and encourage them to appreciate nature.” He revealed that the artworks exhibited have now been seen by people from neighboring countries. “I have invited some of my friends from Cameroun and Chad, and they are all here today. They are really impressed with the children’s works, together with their performances.”
The 2017 Arts and Craft Day exhibition is the sixth marked by the AUN Academy (Elementary).
By Nubwa Ibrahim