The Halo Foundation has partnered with the Jumby Bay Fund, the Royal Drawing School (RDS)- United Kingdom, and The G (Art Gallery) in providing a 3-month certification course for art teachers in Antigua and Barbuda. The project is endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Creative Industries, and provides teachers the opportunity to learn contemporary art techniques and develop new ways for incorporation into the existing art curriculum.
The course, which will run from September to December 2021, will facilitate the collaboration of two artists from the Royal Drawing School with Antigua’s local artist, Anson Henry, to administer a series of workshops aimed at the development of visual arts education in the twin-island nation. Mr. Henry, who had previously produced a portrait rendering as a gift for HRH Prince Charles, The Duke of Cornwall welcomed the opportunity to share his expertise as the local counterpart.
In addition to the strengthening of skills, the Halo Foundation will award a grand prize of 5 days /4 nights in London to the participating teacher with the most impressive submissions by that school’s students to Halo’s annual Christmas Art Competition.
With a tentative 2022 opening for the Sir Selvyn Walter Art Gallery at Government House, Her Excellency Lady Williams anticipates that pieces from the workshops will be on display at the gallery’s first art exhibition. “This will create an alternative avenue for us to showcase and highlight the talent of our local artists — and will foster a greater appreciation for the arts”, expressed Lady Williams. “The training offered will augment our home grown creative talent, and hopefully not only hone the skills of art teachers in schools, but entice young, interested artists to tap into employment opportunities within the creative industry. “
According to its website, “The Royal Drawing School is an independent, not-for-profit resource that aims to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practice. [It is] one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition in drawing from observation”.
Approximately 20 teachers from primary and secondary schools, both private and public have already enrolled in the programme. The Royal Drawing School, instructors will be flown to Antigua by the Halo Foundation in August at the start of the Project.