Who Cares about the Tertiary Educated

For years I have seen, tertiary education placed on the back burner to compensate for low literacy rates in high schools and primary schools. I have nothing against primary and secondary education, just to clear the air, but someone has to say something and say it soon.

Since the start of the 2000s there has been a plethora of colleges and universities popping up all over Jamaica. To walk the streets of Kingston will make my point as obvious as day. For each of these colleges there are hundreds of graduates being produce, almost like a manufacturing plant.Every one who can afford it, or can get a loan to foster it, is trying to get an education and in fact a tertiary level of competency. Should their crave and commitment to higher eduction be a prison or an albatross around their necks. My mother dropped out of high school at the eight grade level, had 8 children  but coached and worked her way to the point where she could enter a college and obtain a degree. She is now a trained teacher, that’s something to commend and be proud of, but, our society causes us to feel as if our achievements aren’t worth anything.

In the past  there was not much care for tertiary level education as mostly everyone, I guess was confident in the secondary level education they had. As long as you had 3 or more subjects inclusive of Maths and or English then you were ok but there was a drawback with that as it was never easy for persons to matriculate into higher positions as they weren’t qualified. Now things have changed, and there are now so many qualified but still unable to attain jobs in the areas of qualification. Those who were in the positions are still there, though most of the work force is underqualified no one has/ will make way for the trained. Why? One might ask . The reason is, with an underqualified work force you can underpay personnel while still over working them. It’s a cruel position very plantocratic but no one except for the disenfranchised will chose to admit the fact. As time changes things remain the same.

It is believed by many that, these people now have a tertiary education and unlike the illiterate, undereducated and unemployable they are able to think. This is true and a point taken. It is believed that since this is so true they should be the ones to initiate and establish our industries, to this again I say, and so will many others, this is true. But, in light of these truths comes the reality most of these trained personnel are inexperienced and unable to get the experience needed to follow through with that thought. For most Tertiary educated, being that most of this grouping are youths without any collateral to their names, it is very hard to get a loan to start-up a business and even if they are able to acquire these loans they are unable to pay them back . That point highlights a point close to heart which is the Student Loan Bureau but not enough space to elaborate.

To conclude, where do we go from this crossroads.  The government must continue on its/ their path to developing  the country’s education and the upgrading of the institutions created to allow the unemployable, uneducated and disenfranchised citizens of this country a productive place in society. With this the government as well as the private sector needs to realize the reservoir of talents, skills, culturally rich and academically advanced resource it has in those who have gone through the tertiary levels of education. For too long these gifted and academically cultured beings have been left to warm corner walls, living room sofas and fluff pillows. The need is obvious for policies to be established which speak tothe fostering of development within this portion of society. Not only should policies arise but there should be the instituting of such along with private sector initiatives to advance these persons experiences so they can matriculate. As wel,l our banks and loan agencies must realize the investments they will make when they contribute to the process of helping these minority group with the funding to start-up their business. Well all need to play our part in advancing the welfare of our brothers/sisters, community, nation and in turn the whole Human Race

Ainsworth Case                                                                                                            Scheed International

BattleArt Competition – Easel to Easel

One note of correction on this article, the location of the event will be YWCA and not the YMCA as stated here. The YWCA is on 51 Arnold Rd Kingston 5 Jamaica of South Camp Rd.

Art clash! Painters go easel to easel at YMCA

Mel Cooke, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Sunday June 26, 2011

Scheed Cole at Work

Scheed At Work

First there was singing and deejaying, then cracking jokes, dance and fashion.  Now the competitive format which has made steady gains in the performing arts comes to the fine arts with Battleart, a one-day competition among young painters which takes place at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Kingston on Hope Road, St Andrew, on July 30.

It is the first in a series of such competitions, each of which will entail a different aspect of the arts.

Scheed Cole of Scheed International, which is organising Battleart, said: “It is a challenge, a competitive challenge.” He hopes to attract entrants from the secondary-school system, to which letters will be sent inviting participation by students in their final year.

Fifteen contestants will be selected, based on the portfolios submitted, which five judges – including Cole – will assess. Then, on the ‘Battleart’ day, the contestants will be whittled down to five, from which the top three will be selected.

First prize is $15,000; the first runner-up gets $10,000; and a painting set will be presented to the second runner-up. However, there is the prospect of employment, as Cole said “a main reason for this is to find persons who can get jobs”.

As the battling artists will be required to do complete work in two-hour spells, The Sunday Gleaner asked if this would compromise quality. Cole said it would not, as “we are not going to give them a lot of things to paint. Whatever is required of them can be done in that particular time”. Plus, he said, working quickly is important as “you want to increase quality and efficiency at the same time”.

The day’s format is two two-hour challenges, the first to paint geometric objects and the second to paint organic forms. “We are testing their ability to do realism,” Cole said.

In addition to watching the artists at work, the audience will be treated to a Capoeira demonstration as well as have the opportunity to get their portraits done and get involved with fruit sculpting. Also, Cole said, there will be a mural board on which anyone can paint.

Battleart does not stop with the painters. “This is the first of many. We are going to go through poetry, drama, music, you name it,” he said. “For one competition we will select a wall in a particular community and people will do murals. We have no sponsorship and the budget is small, but we are stretching it.”

And he puts Battleart in the context of avoiding a more literal battle. “It takes the negative energy out and puts it in a creative form. It leaves you devoid of anger and it creates employment as well,” Cole said.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110626/arts/arts2.html

>From Jamaicans.com
http://www.jamaicans.com/articles/primeinterviews/ConversationScheedCole.shtml

A conversation with Scheed Cole

Published May 23, 2011

A conversation with Scheed Cole-2

This week we interview the multi-talented Scheed Cole, Owner Prop and More Limited/Scheed International. A son of the inner city, Scheed Cole, inventor, painter, sculptor, ceramist, graphic artist, interior decorator, set designer, video editor, animator and fabricator, who has been an Art Educator since 1997. He has been mastering fine arts for the past 17 years and has been creating props for the past 10 years. Scheed was first recognized as a fine arts sculptor having had few exhibitions and having been commissioned to create sculptures for both public and residential areas.

How did you get started doing props in Jamaica?
The first time doing props as for my own productions, this came out of a play that was written and directed by myself. A snake was used as one of the props, also a gun with a triggering mechanism, retractable wings for angels, battle armors and weapons and a throne that breathed fire. Of course the set for the play was also designed and done by myself and the crew.

How did you get interested in doing this?
I have a great love for Sculpting, because it pulls on my knowledge of form and finishing with realism.

Did you get any formal education to do this?
I have not gotten formal training but I was trained to dispense the methodology rather than the skills, these I had gathered on my own.

What was your first prop job?
Digicel needed a big Pharaohs’ Head at the Mass Camp for Bacchanal in four days, It was done and they continued to call for my services through Main Events and other companies also started asking for larger than life props and I realized I could make a business out of it.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to material to make props in Jamaica?
Of course most of the more specialized materials cannot be sourced here in Jamaica and I have only two options in this situation, to increase the cost of the job to facilitate importation or source other materials at home. The good thing about this is that I have an extensive understanding of a wide range of materials that can be found at home in Jamaica. And over the years I have experience using foam, fiberglass, paper, metal, clay, and plaster. But with more specialized materials manufacturing would be more efficient and less complicated.

Where do you get most of your materials? Abroad or in Jamaica?
The majority of my materials are bought here in Jamaica.

Where do you draw your inspiration for new projects?
A lot of research on what other countries are doing, brainstorming sessions with my team, and a reservoir of information on how materials are used in dynamic ways, to add to the attraction value of the props. I have a knack for problem solving, integrating different elements and coming up with concept solutions.

What has been the most fun project?
Every project is like a new drama series, with its ups and downs, working night and day to reach impossible deadlines. The team driving themselves beyond human limits, it could be a reality show to watch us work. But the really large props going 13 or 34 feet high or so got me really excited.

To date what project are you proudest of and why?
My aim is to travel in the footsteps of the great who built great monuments in the past and captured the identity of the people. Therefore the larger the scale the more accomplished I feel. The mountain I did for Matterhorn though Creative Media and Events is undoubtedly the largest, a single unique prop of its kind locally and I believe regionally as well. It raises 34ft high and 40feet wide.

What has been the most challenging project to date?

The Helshire/Naggo’s Head restoration and renovation project. It involved the development of a large area which comprised different structures, and required specific design and project management skills for each element, also the managing of huge workforce, handing logistics, use of various materials while working under extreme timelines.

What exciting projects are you working on?
I can’t disclose, most of the work we do are like that, top secret until revealed. One of our most recent work is the set for Kenea Linton –Gordon’s Mission Catwalk, now showing on Television Jamaica on Tuesdays at 8:30pm. I can say however that we are also developing concepts for our second set for the fourth season of The Ity and Fancy Cat Show.

Are creating any props for Jamaica’s Carnival?
We worked on two booths for the Carnival and we have been creating booths and Props for the Carnival since 2005.

What is your most famous work so far?
The Tiki Mask Entrance to the Digicel booth at the Jazz and Blues Festival 2007.

Any advice for those who want to go into prop design?
If you believe you command a good knowledge of the anatomy and the study of the nature of things, if your are keen to detail, and enjoy creating super realistic images, and one of your specialized area is sculpting, then it is possible to embark on such a journey. Meeting deadlines can be very stressful but the pleasure of handing over the finished product makes it all worthwhile.

You are an inspiration to many as you came out of the inner city in Kingston. Please tell us how that has helped you in your career?
All experiences are a life lesson, being forced at an early age to do work at a high level of perfection, even though it was at the time physical abuse, it has served me well in having a perfectionist attitude towards my work. I have learnt the heart of patience, making do with what I have, to help me to be resourceful, and coming up with solutions, for artistic problems. Being left alone in the inner-city to fend for myself has taught me independence, and survival skills that have been beneficial in my entrepreneurial pursuits. Many more areas of my life can be attributed to the struggles I have been though to reach where I am today.

Thanks for the interview. Any closing words?
Self actualization can make you of great use to society, as well as yourself, your family and all extended relations. If everyone strives to be the best they can be with the gifts they have been given from God before they were born, they will live much more accomplished and happier lives. The most rewarding thing about being alive, is not merely existing, but to add value through sharing what you have been given, either through training which is the dissemination of information, technical skills or knowledge acquired by yourself over a period of time. Mentoring, this is to surrendering yourself to the service of mankind by offering guidance, and motivation toward the upliftment of an individual. And to be an example for the next generation to follow, through your personal accomplishments values and standards that will positively perpetuate humanity. I see myself as part of the solution, a small piece in the puzzle, to save as many as possible, through my God given gifting, and to call others to do the same.

>How to Draw a Straight Line

>Straight lines are used as proportional elements, and directional elements. Therefore it is important to learn how to draw a straight line effectively and efficiently, since it is usually used to work out the composition of a design before detailing can take place.

Hold the drawing implement comfortably between your fingers!
For wide sweeping line use your elbows to pull the drawing implement across the surface, or vertically down. Do not use your wrist when drawing wide lines it will result in curved lines instead. When you grip your drawing implement with your fingers it means you are ready to start focusing on specific areas of your work for detailing.

Focus on where you are going and not on the journey!
Make a point at the location where you want the line to stop, keep your eyes fixed on the point then pull your hand from the starting point to the point where your eyes are fixed and your brain will do the rest. One of the major problems in drawing straight lines is that we are always busy watching to see if we are going to make a mistake, therefore if your mind is at ease then drawing will be a breeze!

Draw faint lines at first!
If lines are not straight enough then repeat the process without erasing, until you arrive at a line that is exactly what you desire or close enough then brighten. There is nothing wrong with not being perfect initially. The beauty about drawing is the freedom it brings. And this method of drawing lines will kick start your introduction to sketching, which is to lightly work out a composition using lines.
Just remember:”If your mind is at ease then drawing will be a breeze!”