Healing the world through art | Daily News


Healing the world through art

An exhibition of paintings titled ‘Heal the World’ was held at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery on May 31 and June 1. Fifteen students of Saumya Jayasekera Art School exhibited over 125 paintings at the exhibition.

The exhibition was declared open by dramatist with international exposure and drama teacher Kavitha Gunasekera on May 30. Kavitha, being an educationist across multiple contexts, currently leads Learning and Development at Fortude, part of the Brandix Group.

Jayasekera, a past teacher of Lyceum International School, apart from functioning an art teacher practices as a lawyer. She uses art as therapeutic means to groom children to become well-balanced individuals who would love Mother Nature, people, animals and our blue planet.

Saumya motivates her children to participate in exhibitions to enhance their competency levels and personality.

Passionate artists who contributed to ‘Heal the World’ exhibition were; Aadhya Nirmalan from Ladies College, Sanuka Kaluarachchi, Saden Karunaratne and Kenuka Kandegama from Royal College, Rahma Imran, Hana Imran and Maryam Hamid from Methodist College, Lehara Edirisinghe from Asian International School, Nehan Dodanwala and Dhirren Dodanwala from Colombo International School, Insiya Huzefa and Burhanuddin Huzefa from Burhani Serendib School, Ahmed Imran from Modern Montessori International, Chandani Kumari, a member of the academic staff of Agamethi Vidyalaya and Shari Jayawardhana a past pupil of Ladies College and one of Jayasekera’s senior students.

Speaking to the Daily News, Shari Jayawardhana said, “These young artists believe their works have allowed them to express themselves healthily and gain a sense of accomplishment. It has thus positively affected their mood, cognition and behaviour which are very important”.

“There are no eligibility criteria for students to enroll in this art class. They could simply visit our school in Colombo 5 and express their selves which being the core purpose of this art class. Art is a form of communication within people that goes beyond mere words hence communicative ability is important”, she added.

‘Heal the World’ was an art exhibition that showcased different styles and techniques used by Saumya’s pupils. Those methods comprised watercolour, oil paintings, acrylic, charcoal and mixed mediums. According to Saumya, the participants were free to decide their own themes as it would stimulate their thinking and creative abilities.

The exhibition was open to the public free-of-charge from 9.30 am to 7 pm on both days.

All paintings exhibited were for sale. Part of the sale proceeds would be used towards the Children’s Ward at the Cancer Hospital, Maharagama where over 100 children reside and receive treatment at any given time.

The Donation box at the venue facilitated those who were eager to make contributions to this worthy cause. 

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