YOUNG CREATIVES: Talented fine art students from Lovedale TVET College whose stunning miniature paintings and ceramic art were showcased at the recent Peep Show exhibit at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. Image: FAITH MTWANA

The recent Peep Show exhibit at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery featured stunning pieces created by Lovedale FET College fine art students as part of their hands-on labs.

The students had the opportunity to create ceramic and mandala pieces for the exhibition.

They were guided by their lecturers, Natasha Bezuidenhout, who teaches painting, and Nosikhumbuzo Jali, who leads the ceramics program.

Unathi Mbatyi, Owam Tunyiswa, Thabisa Mabona and Siphosethu Nombayeka were among the students whose art was on display and for sale at the exhibition.

Mbatyi, who created a beautiful acrylic-on-canvas mandala piece, said it took a month to complete as she needed time to perfect the intricate details.

Unathi Mbatyi with her Mandala painting

“It takes time because you first have to choose the patterns that you are going to draw inspiration from, then paint them on the canvas.

“Then you spend the rest of the time focusing on the details and only after that do you start working on the background,” Mbatyi said.

Tunyiswa said he drew inspiration from elements of his daily life to create his interesting mandala piece.

Owam Tunyiswa with his mandala painting

“I used the shape of the Doritos chip to create some of the art.

“I also incorporated the colors light blue and dark blue in the form of a drop to represent the raindrops.

“Colors are very important,” explained Tunyiswa.

Mabona, who created a stunning set of clay pieces called Echoing Sounds, said she was inspired by other well-known artists.

Thabisa Mabona with her ceramic art

“We had to find artists around us and ensure that their work was visible through our works. I was inspired by Litha Ncukazi,” Mabona said.

Nombayeka, who created a beautiful sunflower piece, said being part of the exhibit was just the start for him in his artistic career.

Siphosethu Nombayeka with his art of ceramics

“It took about two weeks to complete as it involved going through many stages of creating the piece and waiting for it to dry, paint and polish,” Nombayeka said.

Bezuidenhout said the exhibition was a great opportunity for the students to showcase their work and their incredible talent.

“Our objective was to align the projects with the layout of the exhibition.

“We used the syllabus to guide students through the process of creating their submissions.

“They were able to practice their very precise paintings on the ceramic and perfect their hand-eye coordination with the mandala,” Bezuidenhout explained.

The students said they all hoped to pursue a career in the fine arts after graduation.

Some have already obtained continuing education opportunities.