27 November 2009

Art Students visit Malta

by: Lino Xerri

Group Photo with artist Sina Farrugia, in the middle, at the Museum of Fine Arts. Accompanied by Art teachers Lino Xerri, first from left, and Carol Young, second from left.

On Wednesday 18th  November a group of students studying art at the Gozo College Agius de Soldanis Girls Secondary School crossed over to Malta to visit two venues directly related to art. The places of interest were the National Museum of Fine Arts and St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, situated in Valletta. 

Our first stop was at the Museum where a temporary exhibition of ceramics by the artist Sina Farrugia was being held. Thanks to the artist who guided us around the exhibits, the students were exposed to some of the techniques involved in the art of ceramics. The exhibition also consisted of drawings which accompanied the three dimensional works of art. Ms Farrugia explained how she is influenced by the bird motif and how this is reflected in her works. Other art objects on display were bass-relief of grotesque masks.  

Later on we moved on to a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts. Thanks to Heritage Malta which hosted our visit, we were also provided with a guide to show us around the permanent exhibits and gave us a brief review through the history of art and how it is depicted in various works of art housed at the museum. From medieval mural painting to baroque realist canvases and from early Christian iconography to religious compositions were covered during our stay. 

A brief walk across the city and in the blink of an eye we were admiring the architectural works of architect Richard England at St James Cavalier. Here we viewed an exhibition of paintings by children, put up for the Children’s Festival.  

I would like to thank my colleague Ms Young for her help in organising this educational visit. Thanks also go to the students for their good behaviour and interest shown.

Sina Farrugia talking about her work.
The artist explaining the techniques involved in the art of ceramics
Our guide explaining realism in baroque painting
The students asking questions
Students at St James Cavallier observing the paintings
The group in front of St James Cavallier in Valletta

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