Oliewenhuis Art Museum and the National Museum, Bloemfontein organised and hosted a living heritage event titled “The Art of Storytelling” in celebration of Heritage Day.The event focused on the use of art as a tool for storytelling. Visual art and storytelling are important aspects of South Africa’s living heritage. 35 learners from the Tswellang Special Needs School in Bochabela participated in the event. The group of Grade 7, 8 and 9 school learners were taught how to use art and creative expression as tools to construct a unique story.
The learners were divided into five groups consisting of seven learners each. Each group had to 1) conceive a story, 2) write it out on a piece of paper, and 3) create a matching artwork with materials that were provided to them.
First, second and third prizes were awarded to the best story and artwork combinations.
Volunteer staff members from both Museums assisted with the children. Both the children and staff had an absolute incredible fun filled day! The event was organised by staff members of the National Museum’s History Department (Derek du Bruyn and Khotso Pudumo) and Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Yolanda de Kock).
Tswellang Special School is a public school that provides mainstream education and learners support services to physical challenges learners from Grade R to Grade 9. This school is intended for learners who need high levels of support.
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