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Fine Arts students exhibit at Sheikh Zayed gallery

Fine Arts students exhibited their work for this academic year, attracting art lovers, professionals and interested visitors to Sheikh Zayed Hall, Beirut Campus.


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Paintings by Nadine Jaafar.


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Chaouki Chamoun


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Fine Arts students exhibited their work for this academic year, attracting art lovers, professionals and interested visitors to Sheikh Zayed Hall, Beirut Campus.

The annual event was organized June 2–7, 2006 by the Fine Arts Department in Beirut.

Students from drawing and painting classes of various levels as well as those on the Senior Study final course took part in the exhibit. Ceramics and sculpture works were also presented.

The work of beginners reflected the learning of different techniques in drawing and painting, such as relations of color-to-color and form-to-form.

As they progress, “students are induced to elaborate and develop those techniques to learn how to control the desired form of expression; they begin to acquire a personality,” said Fine Arts Department Coordinator Chaouki Chamoun.

Senior students engage in a conceptual approach by creating pieces with a given subject.

Nadine Jaafar, for example, investigated the themes of pulsation and form, traces and matter, strangeness and formlessness and space exploration among others. Her medium of choice was acrylic painting.

Her work centered on micro-space observations of the human face with close-ups of the eye, mouth, nose and skin texture.

She also worked with circles using a crystal ornament as a starting point.

“I took close-up shots of it with my digital camera and I was able to get fantastic images,” Jaafar said. The ornament is an egg-shaped crystal with a swirl inside that looks like the Milky Way with bubbles of different sizes at its edges.

Jaafar is influenced by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, who based some of her paintings on close-ups of flowers. O’Keeffe is famous for being the first woman to exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946.


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