Kids’ creativity unleashed at art camp

A N ocean display complete with a seabed filled with a wide variety of marine life such as seagrass, seashells, lobsters, crabs, shrimps and jellyfish greeted visitors at the Pirate Ocean Project (POP) art exhibition in Penang.

Messages from children proclaiming love for the ocean and its sea creatures adorned a plain white wall of the display.

Written with a purple marker on a white container cover read ‘I love ocean because sea creatures are just amazing! — Daniel’ while another message in pink read ‘because its part of Mother Earth (and maybe there are mermaids)’.

Another message which read ‘I love oceans because there are salmon and tuna and mackerel’ tickled the fancy of visitors.

The ‘ocean’ with its ‘sea orga-nisms’ were made from reusable items such as plastic bottles, newspapers, plastic containers and cardboard.

It was among some of the art displays at the exhibition held at The Star Pitt St. in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang.

The one-day exhibition on Saturday was organised by Syiok Wasabi, an art-related group started by three women who wanted to promote local and Japanese art and culture in Penang.

It showcased the various activities and art projects carried out by 22 participants aged between eight and 15 during the four-day POP held from March 19.

POP was a creative school art camp which took place at the Hin Bus Art Depot.

It saw the participants immersing themselves in art, science and business in a fun and creative way.

Syiok Wasabi’s Harumi Mizushima said that at the camp, children used normal daily stuff to make fun creative items (creativity), expressed their feelings and opinions (self-expression) and used different materials, techniques, colours and tools to create an art piece (experimentation).

“For the science part, the camp created awareness among children about the importance of water for life on earth and how recycling helps.

“The children also learned more about sea animals and the natural phenomena.

“In terms of business, the project aimed to help children with time management, teamwork, communication and marketing.

“We taught them how to be more disciplined and responsible,” she said at the exhibition.

Harumi said the event, which was facilitated and supported by Think City, also featured mentors including Japanese artist Natsuko Kogure, Penang-based artist Tan Lay Heong, Lim Beng Hooi of The Thinking SUN, Nature Classroom founder Wong Yun Yun and Penang-born designer and Maison de Poupee owner Jing Ooi.

“Throughout the four-day project, we had different activities including a flea market, art workshop, making soap bubbles and learning about the ocean,” she said.

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