KOTA KINABALU – The Sabah Institute of Art (SIA) workshop entitled “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” for Chinese ink painting received tremendous response from the public resulting in 30 participation.
Monica Maracus, 27, SIA counselor shares that such an event was commendable and should be introduced to other ethnic groups in the State.
She says it promoted friendship and understanding among them citing an example on herself as a Dusun who loved and respected other traditions including the Chinese.
Her colleague, Suparman Separ,30, student affairs personnel and librarian, shares that Professor Lum Weng Kong’s knowledge about the art was excellent and he was amazed by his talent.
“His technique of sharing and teaching the art of Chinese ink painting is commendable,” he states adding that he had participated in the workshop twice.
SIA students Chong See Siong, 19 and Kelvin Lim, 20, concur saying that they had a wonderful time and they gained a lot of knowledge through the exercises.
B.B Voo, 48, of Kota Kinabalu shares that it is the most practical an information workshop he had ever attended and augmented his knowledge of the art that he learned more than 25 years ago.
“It has been a long time since I’ve been able to perform Chinese paint with black ink again. When I was a kid, I was deeply involved in Chinese ink painting but I stopped due to some personal reason. Now I am revisiting my childhood memories through this activities,” he says.
For Alice Chong,41, it was just a fun activity that resulted in her making a painting of a sheep; something she would hang on her wall to mark the coming Chinese New Year.
Simon Thien, 39, who works in the private sector shares that he was glad of the opportunity to join the class.
“I am impressed with the speaker as he is very comprehensive and very easy to talk to. I am glad my sister brought me here for this workshop. She had attended his workshop in Luhan China before,” he states.
Chung Moe, 48 and Hoka Yung, 30 invite members of the public to join the next workshop so they could have a better insight of what ink painting is all about.
For Jowey Tung, 33, finding out about the workshop from her friends was a blessing and she was excited about joining the workshop. She was not disappointed as it taught her the wider perspective of Chinese painting.
For teenagers, Oscar Chong and Chak Wei Hong the workshop was tremendously informative and they went home raving about their experiences.
“I am telling all my friends about my amazing experience,” says Chak and Oscar agrees saying he would be inviting all his friends to join the next time round.
The Chinese ink painting workshop will be held in SIA again soon.
Information can be acquired from http://www.sia.edu.my .- By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah.