Our school’s Art Club is a place of creativity and wonder. A platform where everyone can express their artistic self in a non-judgmental and encouraging way. For some, it’s a way of expressing their emotions. For others, it’s a laboratory for experimenting with the sensory joys of creating art. For me, the art club is a fun alternative to my lessons, because I do not take Art as a subject.
Our Art Club session on the 10th of November initially seemed like it’d be an uneventful one. With everyone attending school online, we didn’t have access to the materials and resources that we can use in our school’s Visual Arts space. But the way the club leaders conducted the session flipped the seemingly incoming boredom on its’ head – our surprise prompt for today was to recreate a famous classical artwork in our own art style.
I chose to recreate Salvador Dalí’s famous painting The Persistence of Memory, an eerie and iconic painting depicting a desolate landscape littered with melting clocks. Using Photoshop, I first created a sketch of my idea and fleshed it out using the various painting tools available in the software. The idea behind my piece was to show the “flow” of time by recreating the isolated melting clocks as a river instead.
Other students picked up “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, the “Mona Lisa by” Leonardo da Vinci, and “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso to recreate. Some of the art pieces were surprisingly different from the originals because of how different everyone’s art styles were from one other and from the master artists who had created the original artworks. This was a good look into everyone’s creative minds, and reminded me of the beauty in our artistic differences.
This Art Club session overall was a very unique experience. I am happy to have been part of it and hope to go on similar creative journeys with my peers in the future.
Aryaveer Singh, DP1