Nurturing creativity – Home School Journal

As a child, I had a deep passion for art, finding it therapeutic and a means of exploring new worlds with my imagination. The desire to experiment with various artistic endeavours always intrigued me. Eventually, I had the opportunity to share this enchantment with future minds when I was offered a position as an art teacher at a homeschooling environment that values and nurtures creativity. Commencing with the fundamentals, I encouraged students to embrace the concept that simplicity often holds more significance. Starting with primary colours, I provided them with minimal materials to instil the habit that less can be more. 

Over the past three months, the students have evolved into adept creators, mastering the art of mixing colours to enhance their artistic landscapes. Our initial project involved blending dark hues to craft galaxies on canvas using sponges.

For the subsequent phase, I introduced quarter circles for the young artists to create planetary orbits. The children enthusiastically selected multi-coloured buttons for each of their eight planets and skilfully sewed them onto their artworks. 

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Celebrating Art and Faith: My Experience at LUMS Religious Festival 2024

As an artist passionate about calligraphy and the expression of religious themes through art, participating in the LUMS Religious Festival’s Calligraphy Art Competition was an exhilarating experience. From the moment I stepped onto the vibrant campus grounds, I could feel the energy and excitement in the air, knowing that I was about to showcase my creativity alongside fellow artists from diverse backgrounds.

The day began with the eager anticipation of presenting my painting, carefully crafted with intricate strokes and heartfelt dedication, to the esteemed panel of judges. As I stood before them, I was honored to share the inspiration behind my artwork, a blend of spiritual symbolism and personal reflection.

Interviewed about my painting,

Drawing inspiration from the ayat of Surah Al-Noor, I envisioned a composition that would symbolize the radiant light of truth emanating from the sacred text. In my mind’s eye, I visualized a lamp, a timeless symbol of enlightenment and guidance, set against a backdrop of darkness, representing the trials and tribulations of the world.

With each brushstroke, I endeavored to capture the ethereal glow of the lamp, its luminous brilliance casting shadows upon the surrounding darkness. The intricately crafted calligraphy within the lamp served as a conduit for the divine message, its elegant curves and flowing lines conveying the timeless beauty of Arabic script.

As the day drew to a close, the moment of anticipation arrived as the winners were announced. To my delight and immense gratitude, my painting was awarded the 3rd position, a testament to the hours of dedication poured into its creation and the sincerity of its message.

Receiving gifts and a shield as tokens of recognition filled me with pride and joy, marking a significant milestone in my artistic journey. But more than the accolades, it was the sense of belonging and the opportunity to celebrate the convergence of art and faith that made the experience truly unforgettable.

In commemorating this momentous occasion, I am thrilled to share glimpses of my journey through short videos capturing the essence of the festival, as well as images showcasing my painting alongside the coveted shield. Each frame is a testament to the power of art to transcend boundaries and unite hearts in a celebration of diversity and creativity.

As I reflect on my experience at the LUMS Religious Festival, I am reminded of the profound impact of art in fostering dialogue, understanding, and connection across cultures and beliefs. It is my hope that through the universal language of creativity, we may continue to bridge divides and build a more inclusive and harmonious world.

Capturing Memories in Resin: My Journey as a Passionate Artist

Introduction:

In a world filled with mass-produced trinkets and impersonal gifts, there is something truly magical about holding a handmade keyring that carries a piece of my heart. Hi, I’m Maryam, and I’ve embarked on an extraordinary journey of creating personalized resin keyrings that capture cherished memories and evoke emotions. Through my unique blend of creativity and craftsmanship, I have discovered a captivating way to preserve fleeting moments in time.

A Creative Awakening:

My love for art blossomed at an early age as I spent countless hours engrossed in coloring books and experimenting with various mediums. As I grew older, my interest shifted towards painting, and I found solace in expressing myself through vibrant watercolors. However, I soon realized that watercolors alone couldn’t provide the lasting keepsakes I desired.

The Birth of Resin Art:

Undeterred by this setback, I embarked on a quest to find a medium that could preserve my paintings and transform them into something tangible and durable. That’s when I stumbled upon the world of resin art. Resin, with its glossy finish and ability to encase delicate creations, proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle for my artistic vision.

The Journey Begins:

Armed with my newfound passion for resin, I began exploring different surfaces to paint on. I experimented with canvas and wood, but it was my foray into keyring making that truly ignited my imagination. Each keyring became a tiny canvas, where I meticulously poured my heart and soul into capturing memories, places, and emotions.

The Poetry of Resin:

My love for poetry seamlessly merged with my artwork. Inspired by old memories, enchanting landscapes, and deep emotions, I started incorporating fragments of meaningful verses into my keyring designs. The fusion of visual art and written word created an ethereal charm, transforming each keyring into a poetic memento.

Colorful Gradients and Personalized Touch:

One of the signature elements of my keyrings is my skillful use of color gradients. I have honed the art of blending hues seamlessly, creating captivating transitions that mimic the ever-changing shades of life. This technique, combined with my attention to detail, results in truly personalized and enchanting keyrings that hold a unique story within.

Preserving Old Memories:

My keyrings have become more than mere decorative accessories; they have become vessels of nostalgia. By immortalizing old memories and cherished places, I allow my customers to carry a piece of their past with them wherever they go. From childhood homes to favorite vacation spots, my creations breathe life into faded recollections, making them tangible once again.

Spreading Joy, One Keyring at a Time:

What began as a personal journey of self-expression quickly gained recognition, and my resin keyrings found their way into the hearts and hands of people all over the world. Each keyring became a conduit of joy, evoking smiles and sparking conversations. Through my art, I have discovered a profound sense of fulfillment in knowing that my creations have the power to touch lives and create lasting connections.

Conclusion:

My journey as an artist has been nothing short of extraordinary. Through my passion for painting, my ingenuity in working with resin, and my ability to infuse poetry into my creations, I have created a niche for myself in the realm of personalized resin keyrings. With every stroke of my brush and pour of resin, I continue to weave together memories and emotions, spreading the magic of art and love to all who encounter my exquisite creations.