Beyond Classrooms a Resounding Success
The WAG and KSOA moved into high gear last week as 23 Grade ¾ students from Mother Teresa Catholic School and their teacher, Andrea Fraser, spent five days with KSOA instructors and volunteers outside the classroom and in the studios and gallery. The overriding question during the week was “How do we feel when we create and view art?” Inspired by a pop-up exhibition in the WAG comprising 26 paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by ten local artists, the students daily filled sketchbooks and journals to express their burgeoning artistic talents and their personal reactions to the world of art surrounding them.
When not in the gallery, they took part in studio activities: watercolour using different techniques, monoprinting, creating prints by etching on Styrofoam, clay modelling and assemblage. An especially popular activity was working the printing press!
As the week neared its end, the young artists were back in the gallery mounting an exhibition of their work, which they entitled Beyond Limits. While parents and a Grade 5/6 class from their school attended the “opening” on Friday morning, the students acted as docents, a fitting way to use their new art vocabulary and bring their experience to a close.