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By Suriani Razali
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 (Bernama) –- Can you still remember how difficult it was to draw the 14-point star in the Malaysian flag during school days? What more to get the perfect symmetry of it.
At times the drawing may yield a less than desired shape, if it didn’t already turn out looking like a durian.
This had prompted arts teacher Irma Rahayu Ibrahim, 42, from SMK USJ 13 in Subang Jaya, Selangor to share her tutorial video on TikTok on how to draw the perfect 14-point star.
Through her @bijaksenicikguirma TikTok account, the video has garnered around 1,000 shares and 300,000 views as the educator fondly known as Cikgu Irma demonstrates by drawing two concentric circles with a compass from the geometric tools set.
Next a line is drawn across the circles from top to bottom. On one side, 6 triangles are drawn as part of the star. The 7th triangle is drawn from the tip of the line and into both sides. The process is repeated on the other side.
“I got the idea for this tutorial when my child was given a homework to draw the Malaysian flag. It brought back memories of school and how difficult it was to draw the star then,” she told Bernama when contacted recently.
The teacher who holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts Education from Universiti Teknologi MARA said the technique can be emulated by anyone and not just school students.
Affixed with the #bijakseni hashtag, she hopes the tutorial video will enable students to draw a perfect 14-point star.
Cikgu Irma said idea for the #bijakseni hashtag came to mind during the first Movement Control Order (MCO) which saw the start of home-based Learning and Teaching (PdPR).
The teacher who hails from Kelana Jaya, Selangor said the hashtag makes it easier to search for her PdPR contents on various social media platforms.
“The #bijakseni hashtag on my TikTok began in 2020 and the account has now reached about 6.4 million views.
“Just type #bijakseni and you can find my videos of PdpR visual arts education (PSV) as well as activities done with my students for reference. It also allows my students to watch the videos outside PdPR hours,” she added.
She has yet to offer personal classes but said anyone can follow her tutorials which are also on Youtube under the Bijak Seni Cikgu Irma account and on Instagram with the handle @bijaksenicgirma.
The mother of four has also received recognitions for successes spanning her 17-year career.
She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Selangor Innovative Teacher 2020, chosen as one of the Top 100 Hero Teachers of the 21st Century Learning (PAK21) campaign by the Education Ministry, picked as an Edufluencer and also garnered the Best TikTok Teacher Video award from TikTok Malaysia.
Apart from that, she has won innovation competitions and clinched the Gold Award for Putra Innocreative Carnival Teaching & Learning from Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Silver Award for the International Competition for Educational Innovation and Research from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Cikgu Irma has also developed a PSV learning system called the Smart Art-Tech Learning System which gives students access to systematic learning via online classes and galleries.
The system supposedly builds the cognitive and psychomotor domains and is said to be effective to prepare and propel students towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
With more than 55,000 followers on TikTok, Cikgu Irma is hopeful the contents she shares will be the starting point of a new way to learn art and encourage people to create it on any platform or with any material as it is also a form of therapy.
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