Drumming inspires Art at Bryanston Primary School
The Drum Café is synonymous with a unique, interactive, fun way of bringing people together and transforming groups into percussive ensembles within minutes.
The Grade 7’s of Bryanston Primary School participated in this exciting and uplifting cultural experience with the Drum Café just before the lockdown. The school then encouraged learners to translate their musical drumming experience into the visual arts.
An internal art competition was launched at the school, with learners being asked to produce a painting depicting the performance and their participation.
Says Mrs Louise Chelius, Visual Arts teacher at Bryanston Primary, “Music and the arts are joys of humanity. An interesting and creative way to expand on music is to convert your experience into a visual art piece. Combining the two into a competition – with a surprise drum as the prize – has added a whole new dimension to our cultural, art and music activities and engagement amongst our students.
Especially during our lockdown, participating in creative and performing arts has helped many students with their physical and mental wellbeing, allowing them to relax while being inspired and challenged.”
The internal competition was named, “Poetry of Sound and Sight”. Judging was based on how well the participants translated their performance on the drums and experience of the music into the composition of the artwork and on artistic focus, originality, colours and forms.
For a superb showcase of cultural achievement, congratulations to our winner Anuhmia Maduray, Grade 7, on her beautiful artwork. Anuhmia won the prized drum from Drum Café. Says Anuhmia, “I am so excited about my drum. I loved participating and painting my artwork. Now I have something that I can treasure always from the experience”.
Bryanston Primary prides itself on giving students a holistic education covering academics, sport and culture. Various art and musical activities offered at the school enhance their education offering as well as nurturing creativity, curiosity, engagement and motivation.
According to Miss Natasha Hart, Creative Arts teacher at Bryanston Primary, who is an asset to the school’s cultural activities, including both the creative and performing arts, “We encourage students to participate in some sort of creative activity, whether it be producing a fabulous piece of art, being in our stage productions, singing in the choir, playing in the marimba band or playing in a rock band at home. The skills they develop progress into collaboration, prioritising, independent learning, discipline and goal setting.”