Township youngsters painting a different life story
Isizotha Art and Design, is an arts school, a first of its kind in the township of KwaMashu, just north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. It is breaking away from the norm, by helping young people achieve their dreams through art. The school has been an answer for those who want to expand and improve their skills in art, and even those who just have the love for art and are not sure on how to pursue their passion.
One of the founding members of the school, Celimpilo Mthembu, is a painter, he is one of the few people who have been able to utilise the school in order to try and improve his life through his artistic skills.
“I have had the love for art since I was a very young boy, I developed this love from when I was in grade four. The crazy part is that it started from watching the Japanese anime, Dragon balls. Whenever I would watch them, and I would start drawing the different things I saw on my sketch book,” said Mthembu.
Mthembu said that observing others expressing themselves through art, inspired him to pursue a career in art. He firmly believes that following ones passion and being able to make a living out of that passion should be the ultimate goal in life.
“I am already committed to art, this is what I intend on doing for the rest of my life, because I am a full-time visual artist. I wake up every morning to produce more artwork which I exhibit in galleries, some exhibitions, some of my work is exhibited when we have events here in our studio,” explained Mthembu.
Another art painter, Sphamandla Mkhize said that the school, through art, has helped him express his appreciation for women , Mkhize says he was raised by his mother, who has been a single parent for most of his life, so the platform has helped him a lot. It has enabled to him to capture and tell the story of strong, single women who successfully run households on their own.
The Isizotha Art and Design School is slowly gaining momentum within the township if KwaMashu and neighboring townships, which is making the school more recognised among art circles.