AGODI PRISON UPDATE – AUGUST 15, 2018

Posted on: August 16, 2018, by :

The training started at 10:25 and as usual the inmates were organized and awaiting our teams’ arrival so the training commenced immediately we got there, there were 21 inmates in attendance 18 of which attended the last training and 3 prospective students.

As usual the training started with the submission of assignment from the previous training and 14 of the 19 inmates in the previous class submitted their assignment, Mr. Paddy one of our oldest trainee who has been absent in a while arrived with a friend, Pastor Oluwatayo and continued with the coordination initially led by Mr. Charles Adetola, he insisted that before further commencement that God presence is required amongst us, so Pastor Oluwatayo prayed and blessed the gathering.

Before the commencement of the topic day Mr. paddy advised the inmates to try to be more focused and also improve themselves through practice because there is market for artworks in the outside world and it would make them be able to live independently when they get out and not have to depend on their family members to survive, he also gave an illustration of someone who wants to give a birthday gift to someone thinks a portrait would be more appreciated than any other material things and Mr. Charles Adeola also shared a personal experience of how he has to beg a friend to collect 8000 naira to do a portrait for his mum’s birthday last year.

The topic for the day was “GENERAL AND SPECIFIC DRAWING”. We defined general drawing as the drawing that is done without the use of a reference/ model while specific drawing is when you are drawing with a reference/ model. We identified the general parts of the human face and practiced using of some of the inmates as a model.

Attention to details is very important.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ARTIST AND A NON ARTIST IS THAT AN THE ARTIST SEES WHAT THE NON ARTIST DOESN’T SEE

We discussed ART CRITICS and describe these people as those that are paid to fish out the mistakes of an artwork, some artist even employs critics to access their works before showing it to the outer world so their mistakes can be corrected and their works come out as flawless.

We also discussed shading and identified the four major types of shading:

  1. Hatching
  2. Cross-hatching
  3. Pointillism
  4. Smudging/blurring

We ended the lesson with a keynote on practice; we advised the inmates to practice constantly and always compare their works to what they are drawing as that is the only way they would be able to measure their level of improvement, Mr. Charles Adetola stated that every time invested in practice is a prerequisite for mastery, he expatiated on the importance of practice and quoted the famous bestseller, Malcolm Gladwell “THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME YOU NEED TO BE PERFECT AT WHAT YOU DO IS 10,000 HOURS”.

Ahmed (One of the inmates) ended the training session with a prayer in the Muslim way.

PS: Also present was Dasola, an artist. She will be anchoring the next Class.