When Qamarul Asyraf Hosri first enrolled into the Diploma in Fine Art course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) to pursue his interest in painting, his desire to play and not to seriously learn became an obstacle to his success in his studies. Qamarul, now 27, spent more than five years in the diploma course, and also left the Academy once. Fortunately, thanks to a Nafa administrative officer’s belief in his potential and his ability to change, he was able to begin his studies at Nafa again. The eye-catching youth eventually graduated with a diploma and was offered a place in Nafa’s one-year Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fine Art course, after he completed his National Service. Recently, Qamarul, the eldest son of four siblings, did his family proud when he graduated with First Class Honours. He is currently teaching in schools and plans to become a fine arts educator.
Artwork helps to bridge communication gap with brother
Art, to Amierah Hazimah Azman, is not just beautiful. On top of that, art can be an expression of feelings about issues that are difficult to discuss openly. This is something experienced by Amierah, who recently graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa). Through her final year work, a storyboard titled The Concealed Truth, Amierah conveys her heart to her elder brother who has autism. “I think that through this artwork, I am aware of the beauty of cultivating mutual trust between siblings who often neglect each other in the midst of their busy and separate lives,” explained Amierah, who hopes to be an art teacher.
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