‘Art is for all, big or small’

2017-09-26 06:00
Aaliyah Hoosen (9) shone at the 2017 Western Cape Education Department’s Visual Arts Celebration in August, taking home gold for her painting.PHOTOS: Samantha lee

Aaliyah Hoosen (9) shone at the 2017 Western Cape Education Department’s Visual Arts Celebration in August, taking home gold for her painting.PHOTOS: Samantha lee

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Her humble description gives no indication of just how amazing her artwork is, and after seeing it, it is not difficult to see why it now hangs in a gallery.

“I painted a hotel, with a coffee shop, a tree and a bicycle in front,” Aaliyah Hoosen (9) explains.

The now award-winning art piece took her only 30 minutes to complete last year, she says, and she entered the piece after hearing about the competition from her art teacher, Mark Jeneker.

“I want to be an artist one day,” she says.

Her favourite things to paint are houses and butterflies, and one day when she grows up, she wants to create personalised art for people.

“I only want to do art when I grow up,” she says.

“I love art. It makes me feel happy and ­excited.”

Hoosen, a Grade 3 learner at Yellowwood Primary School, says she first started doing art three years ago when she started school.

And since then she has quickly filled her parental home with drawings and paintings.

Hoosen competed against hundreds of other learners in the 2017 Western Cape Education Department’s Visual Arts Celebration in August.

Here she took home gold, the first at the school, says principal Donovon Senosi.

“This is history. The fact that she won gold and competed against so many schools is exceptional,” he says

Art and culture are a big part of the school curriculum at Yellowwood, he adds.

Hoosen was one of four entrants awarded gold in the category.

“I felt so shy when I went to get my prize,” she says.

She hopes to enter the competition again next year, she says, and is encouraged to do so by Jeneker.

“To anyone who wants to do art, it doesn’t matter how small or big you are, you can still do art,” she says.

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