Student Learner – Saina Ahmadi
Saina Ahmadi is an international student from Iran studying here in a Canadian secondary school. Her goal with her art is to inspire others with depictions of harsh realities. Art that not only shows painful events in history, but the courage and strength that has come from acknowledging our past and moving forward by pushing ourselves and others to do better. According to Albers and Harste (2007), the use of art can “enable learners to notice the noticeable, become appreciative and reflective, and understand the role of the arts in making life meaningful. When this happens, new understandings can emerge from experience, and new ways of working in the world can be opened” (pg. 9). A multiliteracies approach encourages students to use multimodalities to explore views that offer a social justice perspective.
In this powerful sketch, Saina represents the Terezin Concentration Camp. She created this drawing to represent the courage of Terezin prisoners. This beautiful sketch elicits an image of hope and regrowth. Saina aspires for her art to inspire others to be kind towards one another, despite where we come from and how we look.