The Overberg Eisteddfod is an annual event where students in the Overberg area are assessed in music, art, singing, dancing, speaking and writing. This year, the senior art section of the Eisteddfod was coordinated by Elenoré Wilson, a teacher at Hermanus High School, and held on Friday 2 August in the school hall.

Learners from seven high schools participated, namely Grabouw High School, Hermanus High School, Overberg High School, Bredasdorp High School, Generation Schools Hermanus, Curro Independent School Hermanus and the Rural Arts Network (an NPO based in Elgin that aims to uplift children’s lives through the arts).

Learners who took part were asked to bring along one or more artworks for assessment. These pieces could be anything from pencil sketches, paintings, textile works and photographs, to graphic design.

The students also had an hour and a half on the day to draw a still life for assessment and then another hour and a half to use mixed media to create something with the theme ‘Underwater’. All of these artworks were judged on skill and talent by the two adjudicators for the day, Gillian Hahn and Laura Sleggenhausen.

The learners received a certificate for each of their artworks: a green certificate for a grade of 69% and under, silver for 70 – 79%, gold for 80 – 89% and cum laude for 90% or more. The top-performing student from each grade was then chosen and awarded a medal. The best two students overall received a trophy. The winners of the trophies this year were Shanelle Prins from Curro Hermanus and Chantelle Williams from Hermanus a High.

The level of art was very impressive and quite a number of students received cum laude or gold for their artworks.

The OAK Prestige Concert will be held on 27 August in the Municipal Auditorium where the top students will again showcase their talents.

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