An art and science exhibition organised by Karachi’s Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Girls School this weekend attracted a large number of visitors.
At the third annual Art and Science Show organised by the Zindagi Trust-run school, students showed off their artistic skills and displayed their knowledge of science through various projects and experiments, a press release issued on Saturday said.
Visitors to the colourful two-day event included parents, advocates of public art, students from neighbouring private schools and colleges, teachers from partner schools, government officials, volunteers and passersby from the neighbourhood.
Prominent among the wide array of drawings, paintings and handicrafts on display were students’ creations inspired by Pablo Picasso’s cubism and Claude Monet’s impressionism movements.
Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Girls School is managed by Zindagi Trust under their School Reform project.
One of the project’s core features is a strong art program, led by Anam Shakil Khan, who aims to introduce students to the arts to help discover and hone their talents and interests and develop them into well-rounded citizens.
“In the past year, we have focused on teaching art history through these movements so that our students learn and experience all dimensions of art and are not just limited to mastering a few techniques,” Shakil said, according to the press release.
Students creatively utilised recycled objects collected from trash and inexpensive materials to bring their sculptures and scientific projects to life. Such projects included everything from models of the solar system to vacuum cleaners created from household items.
In wake of overwhelming response, the school has decided to extend the exhibition till February 10. It will be open to the public between 10am and 1pm every day.
“Students not only put up impressive projects in science but also explained them very effectively, demonstrating that they understand the concepts behind these models very well,” said a volunteer at the open day.
In addition to weekly arts and crafts classes, students at the government school attend talks by guest speakers, visit art galleries and museums and create public art through murals.