A captivating array of creativity and colour wowed guests at Verve, St. Ignatius High School’s 10th annual art students’ exhibition.
True to its name, the 7 March event depicted the zest and passion that the students have for art.
‘We always look forward to this exhibition, and kind of always have it in the back of our minds,’ explained year 13 student Anika Hewitt, whose exhibition was mainly concerned with tribal and cultural body art.
Art teacher Bernadette Devlin lauded the students for their dedication and thanked all who showed their support. However, students felt that it was Ms Devlin that deserved the acclaim.
‘She is fabulous. She tries to get to know us, and gives us valuable input that helps us grow as artists. She also supports us no matter what crazy ideas we come up with. Ms Devlin just has the answers,’ said Miss Hewitt.
When asked of the rationale for becoming an art teacher Ms Devlin said: ‘All kids can do art, but they need encouragement to be inspired. And that is where I come in.’
With stunning and imaginative pieces displayed around her she added: ‘The kids are becoming inspired about art at a younger age, and I like that.’
A board filled with submissions from year 10 student Karen Salina stopped many in their tracks. With a spot-on sketch of Amanda Bynes, screen siren Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger as the Joker, Bob Marley, and most interestingly Steve McCurry’s famous National Geographic photo known as ‘Afghan Girl’, many were in awe.
Welcoming the admiration of her sketches, Miss Salina is not under the impression that she is at the top of her game, and is still inspired to hone her skills to perfection. ‘I love to sketch, but now that this exhibition is done I think I am going to work on painting some more.’
Taking a look at her son Michael’s depictions of landscapes and instruments, doting mom Maria Testori said, ‘I think it is fantastic that these children have been given the opportunity to expose their talent in this way.’
With interest in the arts increasing worldwide, Ms Devlin also seeks to encourage students to see a job in the arts as a feasible career choice. ‘I would like to see students moving on from here and pursuing art as a career. There are a lot more opportunities in the art world than when I left school, including fashion interior and graphic design. I want them to understand that they can still do what they love and have a viable career.’
Year 13 student Cynthia Gonzalez couldn’t agree with Ms Devlin more. Exhibiting work based on dance genre, ballet, and what she terms ‘Cayman life,’ she plans on using her skills to create a thriving profession in the future.
‘I love art and want to pursue it as a career,’ said Miss Gonzalez with fingers crossed in anticipation of receiving acceptance from some of the best art schools
in the UK and United States.
With 10 years of teaching art at St. Ignatius under her belt, now that Verve has come and gone Ms Devlin will help the students take their pieces down to pack and send to the UK as submissions of course work for the GCSE exams.
‘Even though this show is done, our everyday show in the classroom must go on.’