On Tuesday several students were recognized for their efforts in the 44th annual World Schoolchildren’s Art Exhibit which took place at the Nan-Hai Gallery of the National Arts Education Center in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). Belize’s ambassador to Taiwan, His Excellency David Wu, told us more about the intent of the exhibit and his country’s contribution to the arts.
Mr. David Wu- Belize’s Ambassador to Taiwan
“We are very, very concerned about the additional college program and we try to be very supportive to this art program. The last year was from St. Joseph Primary School. This year was from Holy Redeemer, and also from Belize Elementary School. And we hope the range can be broadened to other Primary Schools to have these kinds of art programs. And we actually try to arrange our volunteer teachers to come to Belize to teach this art program”.
Fiona Huang, Taiwanese art teacher at St. Joseph’s School, discusses the competition.
“This art competition is hosted by Taiwan 44 were school children in the exhibition. Our student Taisia Sutherland, she won a bronze medal for Belize; that’s from 30,000 entries submitted to Taiwan from 53 countries around the world. We also have another five students that won a selected award for Belize in this art exhibition.”
Reporter: “Now, what does this mean in terms of young Belizean artists and potential? Do you see Belize as having potential as future artists?”
Mrs. Fiona Huang: “Sure. Belizean children are very talented…especially this country as a beautiful country. They have seen maybe beautiful things, people… animals here. So, that’s all that makes sense to them. So, I believe Belizean children could be more creative at the potential of art”.
Six submissions from Belizean schoolchildren at St. Joseph R.C. Primary and Holy Redeemer Primary were part of the final submission and one received a bronze medal. We spoke to two of those budding artisans.
Reporter: “What creature?”
Jude Castellanos: “I don’t know, I just…”
Reporter: “Is this something that you made up? Tell me a bit about what you paint”.
Jude Castellanos: “It’s made up with like a tiger, a horse and a unicorn”.
Reporter: “What inspired you to paint that out? You love animals or…you like to create things… you like fiction?”
Jude Castellanos: “Yes”.
Reporter: “Why do you love painting?”
Jude Castellanos: “I love painting because it is creative”.
“Well, my particular painting is about three girls who got into the principal’s office for doing something bad.”
Reporter: “Now, describe and tell us about more about the painting”.
Reporter: “And how do you feel to be recognized this morning?”
Student Taisia Sutherland: “I feel very excited and anxious”.
Reporter: “Will you continue to paint?”
Student Taisia Sutherland: “Yes, I will continue to work in the art club”.
Reporter: “Is painting something that you love, your passion? How long have you been painting?”
Reporter: “And it’s something that you continue to work on?”
Student Taisia Sutherland: “Yes, it is something that I continue to work on”.