Rural art and industry artistic impression of street children

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Painting is regarded as a means of communication in which non-verbal messages are communicated through colour, shapes and other elements of art. In other words it is the conversion or putting together of one’s anxieties and joy into a mode of communication. The mode of communication therefore becomes the responsibility of the artist. It therefore holds that the artist must stir up an urge of attention in the observer. It is therefore this desire to translate my experiences and observation of the social problem of street children into artistic impressions, based on aesthetic principles, to the society, which basically prompted this project. In this respect, such a project is aimed at education society about the plight of these underprivileged children, through the artist’s aesthetic impressions of the plight of the street child. This will also serve as the artist’s contribution to an awareness drive of this social menance. The project is characterised by the dedicated exploration into the possibilities of different techniques in painting children. References were made to well-known artists who are noted for treating this subject matter. This is to help in understanding what others have done and what new ideas the project is projecting. The report follows this sequence; Introduction; which opens up the project report with identification of the problem; purpose of research; scope and experimental survey. The first chapter is a review of related literature and what others had accomplished on the subject matter. The second chapter talks about the paintings in the project, the concept, techniques and aesthetics of the works. Recommendations are made at the end of this report in an effort to appraise and foster better understanding of the project and its importance to the society. This is intended to help enlighten the public and to involve the observer into asking questions as he observes the paintings.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Master of Arts in Painting and Sculpture, 1997