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.