Creative writing draws interest
PUPILS would normally spend their free time relaxing or chatting with friends in school, but a recent artistic writing exhibition at St Paul's Secondary School attracted groups of students to view some interesting creative work.
The students flocked to their school hall during lunchtime and after school in order to spend time looking at the artistic writing of their schoolmates as well as those from other schools and local calligraphers.
The Joint School Western Calligraphy Exhibition covers St Paul's, Queen's College and Queen Elizabeth School.
Each participating school would hold the calligraphy exhibition at their respective schools on different dates.
The first, the biggest among the three, was held at Queen's College last month and this one at St Paul's last week was the second.
Organising committee chairman Patrick Tam Chi-keung of Queen's College said it was significant for them to sit and organise such a worthy event together.
''Through the exhibition, we want to promote and develop the art of Western calligraphy and to arouse interest as well as to nourish the art of 'beautiful writing' to the public,'' Patrick said.
Apart from the display of outstanding works, the exhibition also covers a history of Western calligraphy and some simple techniques in the art.
Demonstrations on the technique and skill of Western calligraphy - Gothic, Italic and Roman - were also held.
A video programme entitled ''Course on Western Calligraphy'' was presented by Mr Derick Pao, founder of Alpha Beta Club, the Hongkong Society of Western Calligraphic Art.
St Paul's art teacher Ms Leung Chi-fan was impressed with students' enthusiasm in organising and taking part actively in this series of exhibitions.
''Not only pupils participating in the organisation would benefit, but also those who spend time here at the exhibition hall to look at the quality exhibits would have learned something,'' Ms Leung said.
The last of the exhibitions will be held at Queen Elizabeth School today from 1 pm to 5 pm and tomorrow from 9 am to 12.15 pm.