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They laughed, but they got it when they
saw their parents and friends supporting.
They saw their peers coming to buy their
work; they were haggling, and taking or-
ders for future creations.
What was encouraging was that some of
them put 'Not For Sale' on some of their
pieces; it means they recognised the value
of their work, and understood that other
people valued it, and wanted to keep it for
The parents say they would love to make
it an annual event, because they don't
usually get the chance to socialise and in-
teract outside of PTA meetings and the
WOW: What's next for you in your per-
I'd like to do a show in Tobago; I love To-
bago. I want to see what it would be like.
I also want to get into print making.
WOW: Is there anything else you want
to tell us?
I want to acknowledge my husband, An-
thony Davis, and my son, Antonio. I want
to thank God for the talent and guidance
he gave me.
I also want to recognise my principal,
Mr. Leslie Mahase, for allowing us to do
the art market, and Daren Johnson [who
conducts a photography programme in
the school called the F-Stop programme]
for all their support.
WOW: Finally, since we're talking about
raising boys in this issue, is there any
word of advice you want to give us?
My greatest challenge is being humble,
and keeping the doors of communication
open. Since he was very young I taught
him the value of saying sorry. We also
pray together; we do it as a family every
day. That's very important.
By Roslyn Carrington
enamel glass paint. After you've drunk the
wine, you can bake the bottles in the oven
for half an hour, and the paint becomes per-
WOW: Why wine bottles?
It started as my way of helping the environ-
ment. Last year, I painted empty bottles and
gave them as gifts, as my way of reusing
and recycling. My husband came up with
the idea of using full bottles this year.
WOW: Tell us about your teaching career.
Teaching takes a lot of your creative energy;
you have to come up with new ways of mo-
tivating the children. I teach boys, and that
in itself is a challenge.
WOW: What is teaching boys like?
I was very excited to be teaching at Hillview
because I feel that our young men are at
risk. I was very dedicated towards helping
them to be independent.
WOW: How does art do that?
Any creative endeavour is empowering. It
teaches you to be problem-solvers; you have
to think creatively and to see things differ-
ently. They become trailblazers. In challeng-
ing your brain, you help it to grow --- because
you CAN grow your brain.
There is a certain level of serendipity in art
--- you don't know how this will turn out. You
don't know what will happen.
I also teach them they shouldn't have the
ambition to work for anyone; they should
have the ambition to have their own busi-
ness, and then employ others.
WOW: What was the market experience
like for the boys?
They were blown away. I told them, 'We
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"ART IS IN MY FAMILY. I'm surrounded by it.
Ever since I have known myself I've been in-
terested in art," says Michelle Tappin-Davis,
who has taught Visual and Performing Arts
at Hillview College for the past 11 years.
Davis is a member of the Trinidad and To-
bago Arts Society and has exhibited as part
of a group as well as on her own. She's also
a member of Women in Art, a group
founded by artist, Fraulein Rudder.
A few weeks ago, she encouraged her stu-
dents to hold an art and craft market on the
school grounds, which was attended by par-
ents, friends and family. By her report, it
was tremendously financially and creatively
successful for the students, who were al-
lowed to keep 100% of their sales revenue.
Here is a glimpse of the conversation we
had with Tappin-Davis:
WOW: How has your art factored into
Christmas for you?
All my Christmas gifts are hand-made. This
year, I did hand-painted bottles of wine with
Art by Hillview student
Painted bowl by Hillview student
Photos by Daren Johnson
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