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Seychelles’ young artists getting ready for their competition of Young Artists of Creole Speaking Countries for Kreol Festival 2013

Seychelles’ young artists getting ready for their competition of Young Artists of Creole Speaking Countries for Kreol Festival 2013 (Forimmediaterelease.net) Since Monday, October 12, the grounds of the National Arts Council of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture has been occupied by a group of 34 school children showcasing their artistic talents in an open air painting workshop. These young art students have been selected by their respected art teachers, and the children aged between 6 to 13 are having lot of fun putting into test their youth and their creativity as they showcase through their very own paintings their vision of the Creole theme chosen by the National Arts Council.

Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, accompanied by Mr. Jimmy Savy, the CEO of the National Arts Council, paid a surprise visit to all the art students at the workshop. The Minister spent time discussing with some of the students on their style of art and on their preferred subjects for drawing. The Minister also spent time with the three professional artists who had dedicated their time to help guide the art students during this workshop. “On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and on behalf of the National Arts Council, we thank you for your support and for believing in the youth of our country," Minister St.Ange told the professional artists and staff of the National Arts Council.

The Minister then watched as the students moved with their paintings using color palettes and paint brushes to bring out an interesting collection of drawings that illustrated Seychelles’ traditional culture, musical instruments, and Creole cuisine, among many other subjects of interest.

Deriving their inspirations with a guided tour at the Seychelles History Museum, the thirty-four students from all schools on Mahe are set to enter their artworks in the competition of “Young Artists of Creole Speaking Countries,” organized as part of this year’s edition of Festival Kreol in October.

The young artists’ workshop is being organized for a fourth consecutive year, but this year’s workshop has registered a record-breaking number of participants.

“We are thrilled with the turn-out of young participants for the painting workshop. Their artworks will register as one of the entries of this year’s competition of ‘Young Artists of Creole Speaking Countries.’ They are talented and have portrayed throughout their art classes a high standard of artistic skills,” Vivienne Gonzalves of the National Arts Council said.

Professional artists Alain Samson, Danny Sopha, and James Auguste have brought their professional touch to the painting workshop. Through their guidance and close monitoring, they are transferring their knowledge to the children and adding a touch of perfection to their paintings. Parents were invited on the third and last day of the painting workshop to view the works of their children before they are packed and securely stored to be exhibited as part of “Young Artists of Creole Speaking Countries” exhibition during this year’s Festival Kreol.

PHOTO: Children developing their artistic talents at drawing workshop.

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