Perdana Wazir school sets up art, design facilities

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CREATIVITY is getting a helping hand at Perdana Wazir Secondary School, with the introduction of new art and design facilities that hope to capitalise on a growing interest in arts and craft.

During yesterday's 2015 School Outreach Programme themed ‘Integration of Creativity in Entrepreneurship’, the school's Design and Technology Department and Arts and Craft Department showcased the school's batik making classes and demonstrated the use of its new 3D printer.

The school’s head of Design and Technology, Zalani Hj Muhd Abun, hoped that the day's activities would support His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s call for intellectuals to contribute their energy and for teachers to “go the extra mile” to deliver beneficial knowledge to citizens of Brunei.

Zalani said the new 3D printer, which allowed students to create 3D models of their designs, was part of new technology and equipment being supplied to schools throughout Brunei.

“We were fortunate to be in the first batch of eight schools receiving this equipment last year, and we have begun using it for this year's classes,” he said.

“Last year, the outreach featured all the school's core subjects but this year, we are featuring the optional subjects, like the Business, Art and Technology (BAT) subject... with the creativity techniques that they have learnt from here, maybe they can sell (custom-made products) instead of common activities like cooking and sewing,” said organising committee member Baby Suryani Hj Abd Rahman.

Also manning a booth was local entrepreneur Jadyn Kristen Tiong, who showed school students and visitors various ways to re-use or transform waste material into custom-made decorative pieces for home or office use.

Using techniques taught in art classes run by her own Modretro Craftstore on Jln Sungai, Tiong showed how the simplest materials such as empty bottles, leftover fabric and even empty red packets can be turned into beautiful pieces of decorative art such as personal albums and mantelpieces.

“You don't even have to worry if you run out of creativity. All you need to do is look online on Google or YouTube to find all kinds of ideas you can copy,” said Tiong to curious onlookers.

“What I've realised from this (outreach programme) is that with a little bit of guidance, you can make things that are even more beautiful than what you can buy in shops. I have some ideas from here,” said a visitor who only wanted to be identified as Hani.

More than 100 students, parents, teachers and members of the public attended the event held at the school hall.

The Brunei Times