The Children’s Art Centre was privileged to be part of the Iziko South African National Gallery’s (ISANG) “Let’s Celebrate” programme during the soccer World Cup period. Along with Milnerton Primary, Tygerberg and Battswood art centres and the Meaningful Access Programme, we were invited to exhibit a selection of artworks, showcasing the immense talent of our learners and celebrating the diverse mediums and techniques incorporated in our learning programmes.

Artworks from all our schools were displayed in the ISANG Annexe from the 16th June to the 31st July and attracted both local and international visitors.

The Wednesday voluntary class, designed puppets to decorate the columns of the exhibition space, comprising of flamboyant masks and colourfully dyed fabric to serve as the body. The puppets were then adorned with ceramic brooches and fabric painting. The group of learners were astounded to see the impact their artwork made within the exhibition and were impressed with themselves for having represented Capetonian child art and the Art Centre so well.

They spent the afternoon exploring their exhibition in the Annexe and the work of professional artists in the gallery. After their visit to the gallery and the Annexe they created a composite artwork based on J.H. Pierneef’s Karibib, using mark making and a “paint-by-numbers” approach.

We look forward to future collaborations with Iziko Museums of Cape Town.