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THE art­work of two young East Lon­don artists will fea­ture in San­tam’s cen­te­nary 2018 cal­en­dar.

Seth Kruger, 5, is a Grade R pupil at Cam­bridge Pri­mary School and Suzanne Strauss, 9, who at­tends Stir­ling Pri­mary made their schools and com­mu­nity proud with their achieve­ment.

Kruger only started art this year as part of the school cur­ricu­lum. Strauss, who is in Grade 4, has been do­ing art since the age of three.

The Child Art project is one of South Africa’s old­est so­cial in­vest­ments projects and was started in 1963 to de­velop the no­tion that art is a valu­able as­pect of hu­man de­vel­op­ment. Al­though the project is aimed at pro­mot­ing a love of art among youth, it also pro­vides them with an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press thoughts and ideas cre­atively.

The project has de­vel­oped into a na­tion­ally recog­nised ini­tia­tive that now in­cor­po­rates a na­tional art com­pe­ti­tion, an on­line ex­hi­bi­tion of se­lected art­works, an art cal­en­dar, as well as in­for­mal art cen­tres at schools around the coun­try.

Twelve win­ning art­works were se­lected this year to ap­pear in the 2018 cen­te­nary cal­en­dar. This year, San­tam re­ceived 4 219 en­tries from around the coun­try. The theme was “Burst­ing with colour”. An ad­di­tional 307 art­works have been se­lected to be fea­tured in an on­line ex­hi­bi­tion which will go live in the first quar­ter of 2018.

Kruger’s pic­ture is ti­tled: “Tak­ing my dog for a walk”. His teacher, Shar­lene Raw ex­plains that his class was en­cour­aged to draw a pic­ture of them­selves walk­ing their dogs fol­low­ing a theme about pets in class. “They learned about dogs, how to care for them and take them for walks, and were very ex­cited about the cre­ative project.

“Seth has come so far this year with this abil­ity to ex­press him­self through art. At the be­gin­ning of the year he was hes­i­tant to put pen/paint and brush to pa­per and now he draws/paints freely and with con­fi­dence. We are very proud of him and his achieve­ment,” she said.

Strauss’s pic­ture is ti­tled: “A day at the cir­cus”. Her teacher, Yolanda Birch ex­plains that a re­cent visit to the cir­cus in­spired Strauss’s art­work.

Strauss does art be­cause she can ex­press her feel­ings and she loves be­ing colour­ful. “Art is awe­some and I love do­ing it,” she said.

Pic­tures: SUP­PLIED

PICK OF BUNCH: The art­works of Seth Kruger and Suzanne Strauss have been se­lected to ap­pear on San­tam’s cen­te­nary 2018 cal­en­dar af­ter a na­tion­wide search for the best child art

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