The Department of Architecture and Design, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) organized an art exhibition, on Tuesday, showcasing paintings and greeting cards created by students of SOS Village Islamabad.

The exhibition consisting of 54 fabulous paintings and over 150 greeting cards, was inaugurated by Federal Ombudsman Salman Farooqi flanked by Rector CIIT, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, at the CIIT Art Gallery.
Around 20 SOS Village Islamabad students, aged between 14 and 17 years enrolled in Matric, who had demonstrated the potential to learn the art of painting, were chosen by their school to participate in the workshop.

The participating children learnt many techniques of painting and produced beautiful greeting cards and paintings under the supervision of CIIT faculty who helped them polish their skills.

The basic idea behind the whole effort is to sell the art-work of the children and donate the money collected to the SOS Village, while encouraging the students to gain confidence and develop their creative abilities.

The main organizer of the event, Aisha Asim Imdad, and Head of Architecture department, Hammad Husain, presented an overview of the community outreach programme, which was followed by screening of a very interesting 3-minute documentary on how the workshop helped transform the children’s abilities and skills.
Member of committee managing SOS Village Islamabad, Ms. Fareeha, talked about the impact the workshop and the art exhibition had on the children and thanked Rector CIIT for organizing the event and invited them to visit the ‘village.’

Later, certificates were distributed amongst the participating students, after which a souvenir and painting were presented to the chief guest by Rector CIIT and Head of Department of Architecture and Design.

Source: Pakistan Observer

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