Thursday, April 12, 2018
With growing demand for global competence and cross-cultural skills, there is increasing recognition that international experience is invaluable for teachersand their students; this is a credence to my sojourn in Cairo this April.
First week of April, I attended the 3rd African and Middle East InSEA (International Society of Education through Art) Regional Congress/Amesea 2nd International Conference held at the October 6 University Campus, Egypt with the theme Education and the Arts Developmental Prospects 2030.
On the second day of the conference, I submitted the textile works from my school, Caleb British International School, Lagos Nigeria to the InSEA Vice President, Prof. Samia ElShaik for the Arts for Peace in Africa project (Project between NEPAD and InSEA). It was received with great admiration and one of the textile piece was selected to feature in the next InSEA postcard.
Later in the afternoon at the conference, I spoke on the topic, Wearable Art, redefining Textile Design. I spoke extensively on the beautiful traditionally made cloth from Nigeria - called Adire. I move further to explain wearable art as metamorphosis of the old tradition of tie and dye into a ready-to-wear outfits. The wearable art is a fusion of art and fashion which is composed of the Adire background with the infusion of artistic hand printed designs and patterns inspired by the African traditional cultural elements. I also mentioned that the wearable art from Nigeria promotes our unique ethnicity, cultural identity, and speaks more of our root. It is to be seen more than clothing; it is a work of art.
To further buttress my points, I made references to my wearable art designs which was born out of the idea of taking my fine art beyond the aesthetic value by creating art piece with utility value and also affordable for everyone. My concept of wearable caught the attention of Nigerian press more than a decade ago. The most intriguing one was the centre page publication on the Nigerian most widely distributed newspaper, The Punch newspaper. Published on March 8, 2009 and written by the award winning Journalist, Kemi Ashefon.
It was a great opportunity to share my concept of wearable art with the international audience of artists and art educators.
Same day, I met physically for the first time with the InSEA President, Prof. Teresa Torres de Eça (we have been communicating virtually since 2013) and she gave me a wonderful gift, the current edition of the International Journal of Education through Art.
The third day of the conference, I had a great adventure with the InSEA members to the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. One of the beautiful moment I had was walking around the Pyramids with the InSEA President, Prof. Teresa Torres de Eça. We had a tete-a-tete about the future of art education and expanding the InSEA membership in Nigeria.
InSEA is where I belong, Art education is my constituency and it has always been my dream to increase the learning field of Art education in Nigeria. Anyone that care about the future of Art education, will join InSEA. InSEA (International Society of Education through Art) is a worldwide society of art educators concerned with education through Art. Members work together to share experience, improve practice and strengthen the position of art in all areas of education. Teaching Visual Art (www.teachingvisualart.blogspot.com ), an art organisation from Nigeria is an affiliated member of InSEA (www.insea.org )
At the conference, I made quite number of acquaintances but I shared memorable moments with Dr. Angela Saldanha for we share similar interest in photography. We both captured beautiful sceneries and moments in Cairo with our Nikon cameras (D700 and D5200). I love photography passionately, it is my greatest hobby.
Few days after the conference, I visited the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Ancient Egypt is said to be the beginning of the modern civilization and I have always been fascinated by the Egyptian art. So, it was a beautiful experience for me to have a direct observation of the Egyptian art. I was astounded by the magnificent array of arts and artefacts on display at the Egyptian Museum.
My last stop was the Kan El-Khalili market. I was marvelled at the Egyptian art and craft dexterity and how they have imprinted their artistic culture in everything.
Wow! What a trip, an adventure to the magnificent Egypt, the land of the pharaohs. Yes, I will sure come back again. Next time maybe with my art students or group of Nigerian art educators.
Many thanks to InSEA and Amesea for this platform, its so enriching. Being part of InSEA is a springboard to fulfilling my dream, to raise the standard of art education and inspire the next generations of artists and art lovers in Nigeria and beyond who will be innovative thinkers.
Keeping to the words of my mentors in the art back in Nigeria, Prof. Adepeju Layiwola (Head of Department, Creative Department, University of Lagos), Dr. John Adenle (University of Lagos), and Dr. Badaru (FCE, Abeokuta); in Cairo I have been a good ambassador for the arts, CBIS and my country, Nigeria. To God be the glory (Amen).
The emergence of the Beautiful Butterfly would have been impossible if the Caterpillar had given up as a crawler... rising against all odds!
Prince Olusegun Michael, Adeniyi
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Another session has ended with an award for me. To God be the glory! At CBIS, the 2016/2017 academic session has been of numerous significant global achievements and accolades most notably, “Best International Entry” at the 2017 David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s (DSWF) Annual Global Canvas Art and Poetry Competition for children at the Natural History Museum in London, First Place in the Commonwealth Science Class Competition 2017, and Winner of the 2017 International Children’s Art Calendar Contest by the Mangrove Action Project January 2017, to mention but a few... and at the last Prize Giving Day, I was presented the Competition Coordinator and Leadership Award.
I sincerely appreciate everyone that have supported me all along; Ms Colette, Mrs Taiwo Adedoyin Oluwayinka, Mrs Abosede Ogunkoya.. and my wife, Olori Oyediran Oyenike Adeniyi for her understanding, care and support. I dedicate this award to my Princes...
God has been so good to me, my life is an evidence of His grace
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Last Saturday, I was on the panel of judges for the Art competitions for the AISEN member schools. It was a great initiative of advancing Visual Art education in Nigeria. I was impressed by the superlative artistic rendering of visual expression by the participants. It was an indication that art has indeed improved in our schools. Kudos to the art teachers. Sincerely, this is what I am always want to be part of, a platform where artistic talent of a child is encouraged to flourish and maximised.
I am passionate about helping the children to harness their intrinsic talent, raising and inspiring next generation of creative leaders... I support art education for every child.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Last summer break, I had great time with my Prince watching him expressing himself with colours. He actually created some masterpieces using acrylic paint on canvas. Our young artist usually create his art works with great enthusiasm and express himself freely not minding the onlookers...
Enjoy the video!
Saturday, September 10, 2016
My love for teaching the Visual Art was taken to a new level at CBA teaching IGCSE Art and Design. I have embraced the Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design syllabus with great enthusiasm because it accommodates a wide range of abilities, materials and resources, and allows the different skills of the art teacher to be fully exploited. The syllabus is designed to encourage a range of skills, it stimulates aesthetic awareness, knowledge and critical understanding of art, and provides opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills.
Creative impulses are present in all human beings, but for one to excel in art, this creative instinct has to be cultivated, nourished and exercised so that it can be stimulated in others. One of my greatest strength as an art educator is that I connect effortlessly with the children and fuel their aspiration to create art through differ platform of artistic engagements.
I am so passionate about helping kids harnessing their God’s given talents and to inspire the next generation of artists, creative individuals and art lovers.
My students were entered for series of art competition and we won some. One of them is the British Council Your World Video Competition. Here is a link to the results of the Your World competition:
It is noteworthy to mention that CBA brought out the best in me. Before the session came to a close I have improved my skill in video editing and you could see some of my edited videos for CBA at: www.vimeo.com/calebbritishacademy
During the session, my e-book on the importance of art was published at: http://insea.org/docs/2014.17/regions/Adeniyi2016.pdf
Our school’s participation in the 2016 UNESCO Arts Education Week was also published on International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) website at http://insea.org/advocacy/intl_arts_ed_week
I also participated in the virtual art exhibition organized by International Art Education Association (InAEA) and International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) in celebration of the 2016 UNESCO International Arts Education Week. The virtual art exhibition includes works from more than 25 countries, with more than 200 works submitted! You can find the virtual exhibition at http://www.inaea.org/ArtEducationWeek2016/index.html
To God be the glory! My first session with Caleb British Academy culminated with triple awards; Teacher of Distinction Award (with a special gift), Art and Craft Club Award and Green Schools Club Award. Many thanks to the management, my HOD and other member of staff for their support throughout the 2015/2016 Academic Session.
It was a great session for me and I glorify God for this. I believe it takes two great passions to be an outstanding teacher, a passion for their subject and a passion for teaching. I have demonstrated my passion for both which are evident in my works during the last academic session. I look forward to do more and achieve more this new session, so God help me (Amen)
Saturday, June 4, 2016
It has been a wonderful experience for me teaching Art and Design at Caleb British Academy. I am proud to say that CBA supports the Arts for wholesome learning experience. During this year UNESCO International Arts Education Week, CBA celebrated it in grand style with an exhibition of students’ artworks and a painting contest.
The Art exhibition was a great revelation of impeccable talent at CBA, not surprisingly the viewers were engrossed by the students’ creative expressions and artistic renditions. The artists themselves also derived an amazing amount of satisfaction at seeing their works displayed and admired. The winning painting will be published on the cover page of the school’s new Sketch pad.
I remain committed to the cause of inspiring and championing the next generation of artists, art lovers and creative future leaders in Nigeria and beyond.
The report of the Arts Education week at CBA has been uploaded on the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) website. Here is the link:
kindly check it out and be inspired!
I participated in the virtual art exhibition organized by International Art Education Association (InAEA) and International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) in celebration of the 2016 UNESCO International Arts Education Week. The virtual art exhibition includes works from more than 25 countries, with more than 200 works submitted! You can find the online exhibition at http://www.inaea.org/ArtEducationWeek2016/index.html
Friday, October 30, 2015
My next adventure has made me to explore the British curriculum and by the end of each academic session my Art students will be taking the Cambridge International Examinations, precisely Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design.
My love for teaching the Visual Art has been invigorated and with a great enthusiasm I have embraced the Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design syllabus because it accommodates a wide range of abilities, materials and resources, and allows the different skills of the teaching staff to be fully exploited. The syllabus is designed to encourage a range of skills, it stimulates aesthetic awareness, knowledge and critical understanding of art, and provides opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills.
I love Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design syllabus and I am a proud member of the CIE.org.uk
Here is my new home, a new studio at CBA, and here I will be preparing students for a certificate that qualify them to study anywhere in the world. This is the future!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
This year, 2015, one of my art protégé from BBHS again won the National Art Contest organised by NNPC/Chevron. The grand finale was held in Lagos at Muson Centre on 27th of October and Akangbe Taiwo is our winner this year. All glory be to God!
I learn early to always stay true to my-self and never let what somebody else says distract me from my goals. As a prince, moving forward is the only option that I have, so I have always been giving my very best and I am so grateful to God for blessing my efforts.
With this success I announce my exit at BBHS, my post became vacant this month of October.
“One day, you too will be just a memory for some people.
Do your best to be a good one.
Good people give you happiness.
Bad people give you experience.
The worst people give you a lesson.
And the best people give you memories.”
The journey that started since October 5, 2012 came to a close with so many fond memories. I have served well at BBHS, thank God for the grace and I appreciate everyone that have made every moments count. THANK YOU to you all.
Congratulations to the principal, Dn. Adebajo, the staff and students of BBHS and the members of Old Boys Association. We have won the National Art Competition for Nigeria Secondary Schools for the second consecutive time and still the only winning school from Ogun State. Here is something to celebrate as I take make my exit at BBHS, I love you all.
More pictures will be at: www.baptistboyshighschool.blogspot.com
Friday, August 28, 2015
In a bid to expand the Nigeria Textile and Apparel Industry and to increase Nigeria’s participation in the rising global market for garment and apparel, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council organized a one-day capacity building workshop for stakeholders in textile and apparel sector with the theme: Maximizing the rising global opportunities in textile and apparel. The event was held on Thursday 27th August, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Ikeja, Lagos State.
The event began with the registration of participants cum a tea break between the hour of nine and ten in the morning. At about 10am the event proper kick off with panellists taking their seats at the stage. The panel of discussion consists of Mrs. Grace Adereti, representative of the Nigeria Textile Manufacturers’ Association; Mrs. Funmi A. Ladipo (The president of FADAN), representative of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria; Mr. Dimeji Alara, Editor, Genevieve Magazine; Mrs. Joke Ladoja, a designer; Mr. Faleke from NEPC; Otunba Wasiu Taiwo, representative of the Nigeria Union of Tailors; and Mrs Omoyemi Akerele, the moderator of the discussion.
Before the discussion kick-started, Mr. Faleke made a brief presentation of the opportunities to be harnessed in the rising global market by the Nigerian garment and apparel designers.
At the course of the discussion, a lot of views were generated by the discussants and from the audience’s contributions. Among of which were the issues of incessant power failure (though power has improved in the past few months); problem of sourcing for quality textile materials; fashion merchandising; poor government patronage etc.
Sampling the opinion of the fashion designers and tailors in attendance, they sincerely hope that the workshop will breed greater opportunities and business expansion for the men and women in garment and apparel sector. They gave kudos to the Nigerian Export Promotion Council for organizing the workshop.
During the discussion, Mr. Dimeji Alara, editor of Genevieve magazine point it out that many Nigerian designers are not getting featured in their magazine not because they are not big brands but for their poor virtual visibility and lack of internet presence. He suggested that the designers should embrace the latest technology and social networks to increase their virtual presence.
In view of this, I, Prince Olusegun Adeniyi, have taken the challenge upon myself and I have created a blog for the practitioners in the garment and apparel sector. The blog, www.nigerianappareldesigners.blogspot.com, is a virtual look book with the intent to increase the virtual visibility of Nigerian fashion designers and tailors.
In order not to keep it blank, I have decided to feature my wearable art outfits. To be featured on this blog, designers can send their portfolio of works as attached images and a short profile (doc) to: email@example.com. It is FREE!
Do enjoy the view of the images below and kindly share this link www.nigerianappareldesigners.blogspot.com with the fashion designers, tailors and textile designers.
Prince Olusegun Michael, Adeniyi
(Award-winning Artist-cum-Art Educator, Blogger and Visual Art Consultant)
My virtual extensions