Artistic display opens as underprivileged children snap up a natural opportunity

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2011, 12:00am


An exhibition of prints created by a group of underprivileged students from Kwun Tong and Tin Shui Wai has gone on display at the Sheraton hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui and will run until October 17.

Organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, with support from Christian Action and the hotel, the art project, in its 13th year, is aimed at teaching art to children living below the poverty line.

'Every year we've done a different art project, such as watercolour painting one year,' said Lindsey McAlister, founder and artistic director of the arts foundation. This year's project is titled 'Touch of Nature'.

'We chose nature as a theme this year hoping children can learn to treasure the environment,' McAlister said. The group of 18 children spent five weekends preparing for the exhibition. The first week was spent at the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, where they each chose an animal to depict in their work. Then came four two-hour sessions with local artist Castaly Leung Ching-man, where the children learned printmaking - an artform that involves putting paper on top of a stencil and rubbing ink over it, producing a drawing.

It is somewhat like putting paper over a coin and rubbing it with a pencil, except the children etched the stencil themselves.

'It took a lot of work to etch out a detailed outline of an animal,' said Fong Ka-yi, a 16-year-old student at NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College, who etched a penguin. 'I realised that art is all about creativity, and there is no right or wrong.'