“I am a visual artist and art teacher at a high school in Svay Rieng province. I want to use all kinds of art mediums (photography, sculpture, drawing, prints) because I think they’re all connected to each other. I am an Arts teacher because I want to share my knowledge with young people, so they can understand the Arts before they go to Arts school.”
With this passion to create and to share and the skills given by years of experience, Vollak organized a drawing workshop with the Build Bright University students.
He started with a presentation of the workshop and its aim “drawing and the benefits of water” . He conducted a session which began with a short review of the fundamentals of drawing and painting and some practical exercises that included topics such as proportion, perspective, volume, shadows etc. With these notions they could improve their artistic outcome and express their own ideas about water in a more interesting way later on.
The students were very focused, trying to capture as many learnings as they could. They produced a large amount of drawings which were shown at Through Waters exhibition in Ratanakiri and, afterwards, in the final exhibition in Phnom Penh as well.
They enjoyed while reflecting about water. They expressed their wish to have more drawing workshops, which they would attend without any doubts. Youth is really eager to develop their creativity and what Vollak does with his teaching was an important input for the future artists generation, in this case, from Ratanakiri.