A block of flats in Manenberg and a portrait of the president.These are the paintings which won two local boys gold awards at the provincial GET Visual Art Exhibition earlier this year.Thandile Sokhatsha (13) from Westville Primary and Kiano Antonio (10) from Yellowwood Primary were among hundreds of locals who entered the competition.The two local boys were both named as winners for their outstanding artworks.The exhibition celebrates artwork produced by Grade 1 to 9 learners in the province.Thandile and Kiano both attend Mark Jeneker’s art classes at their respective schools and were encouraged to enter their artworks along with 50 others from the schools.Kiano, a Grade 4 learner, said he developed his love and passion for art from an early age.“I felt excited when I won. I did not think I could win,” said Kiano while sketching an elephant.“I started doing art when I was in Grade R. I liked drawing Table Mountain and cars,” he said.His impressive painting of a block of flats in Manenberg was a challenge set out by Jeneker.“Mr Jeneker said ‘here is something hard for you to try’. I saw the picture and wanted to see if I could do it and I got it right,” said Kiano.He prefers pencil sketching and his favourite things to draw now are houses and places. “Art is easier for me now and I want to keep doing it when I grow up,” said Kiano.What he loves most about art is the way paint looks in a painting and he says it is simply fun creating artworks.A more reserved Thandile, a Grade 7 learner, was also hard at work sketching during the interview with People’s Post.His portrait of the president was done through one of his art classes.“I chose this painting because I thought I could win something for my school,” said Thandile.“I started doing art when I was in Grade 1 and drew houses and cars. I love lots of things about art and like drawing with pencils. I still like to draw cars. I want to be an artist when I grow up.”Both boys have developed their skills and are now able to trace free-hand from inspiration around them.Jeneker said he is excited to see their progress.“I have no words to express how excited I am. This goes to show that I am busy with the right things,” he said.Jeneker appeals to more schools to start art programmes and also calls on parents to enrol their children in his art classes, from Monday to Friday at his new studio in Portlands.Jeneker is also requesting assistance from businesses and residents to help him grow the programme. This can be done by donating paint and supplies or money to the cause. V For more information, call Mark Jeneker on 078 637 8853.