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"FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP THROUGH PICTURES"

PENANG ART TEACHERS' STUDY TOUR

TO ASAKA CITY, JAPAN

9 Nov. 2003 - 18 Nov. 2003

 

A group of 12 Penang art teachers and education officers had participated in a study tour to Asaka City, Japan on 9. Nov 2003 until 18. Nov 2003. The activity was join organised by Penang Teachers' Art Circle (PTAC) and NPO Corp. MAY Asaka Center "May Library" and supported by Penang State Education Department and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

A joint art exhibition “Friendly Relationship through Pictures” was held in Asaka City, Japan by The Penang Teachers’ Art Circle ( PTAC ) and the Asaka-shi Bunka Kyokai ( Asaka City Cultural Association ) on the 14th and 15th November 2003. There were eighty pieces of artwork in oil, acrylic, watercolour, drawing, ink painting, ink and colour, photography, digital prints, Ukiyo-e prints, calligraphy and mixed media. Thirty-nine pieces by twenty-seven Penang teachers were displayed in the exhibition.

The concept of “Friendly Relationship through Pictures” was primarily for Malaysian-Japanese students. But it took another step forward when Mrs Oike Fumiko ( Chairperson of NPO Corp. MAY Asaka Center “MAY Library” ) and a group of The Penang Teachers’ Art Circle’s members initiated the expansion of the idea for teachers. Thus this inaugural teachers’ art exhibition becomes a reality and a delegation of 2 education officers and 10 art teachers attended this exhibition in Japan.

In conjunction with this inaugural exhibition, the Japanese organizers ( NPO Corp. MAY Asaka Center “MAY Library” and Japan International Cooperation Agency ) invited the delegates to a series of Art and Culture Educational exchange programmes. The 12 delegates paid a courtesy call on the Mayor of Asaka City, Mr Shiomi Tatsujiro and the Superintendant of Board of Education Asaka City, Mr Hasumi Shigeru. The delegates toured schools to observe art being taught at different levels, held Anyaman Workshops for the Japanese teachers and high school students, visited Tokyo National Museum and Shibuya Traditional Craft Museum. The organizers also arranged for the delegates to live in Japanese homes during their stay.

This has been a very educational trip for all the delegates. Having observed art being taught in the classroom in Japan, has certainly broadened the perception of art teaching and the cultivation of critical thinking in art for our Penang teachers. Critical thinking is more important than the end-product in the process of art learning in Japan. That is why originality and creativity were portrayed strongly in the Japanese Children’s art that have been exhibited in The Malaysian-Japanese Students Art Competition and Exhibition. The Penang Teachers’ Art Circle is looking forward to sharing these experiences with the art teachers in its coming activities.


 
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