As June draws to a close, we take time to reflect on what was accomplished. It's been a wonderful year here at Artists for Kids, and we thank everyone who made our work possible.
Mural at Carson Graham Secondary, created by students, with Art Teacher Meghan Parker and Artists for Kids Program Co-ordinator Daylen Luchsinger. The mural, painted on a shipping container, depicts the neighbourhood.
Our teaching collection exhibit At What Cost? — Optimists, Pessimists, Nearby and Far Away, explored the theme of environment and included work from artists such as E.J.Hughes, Kenojuak Ashevak, Rodney Graham, Ross Penhall, Edward Burtynsky and Douglas Coupland.
Our Gallery Program welcomed more than 50 classes, introducing this exhibition and its artists to 2,000 students, and enriching the curriculum experience at more than a dozen schools.
The third year of our Outreach program introduced a visual arts experience to more than 30 classes. Teacher Meghan Parker brought a visual arts curriculum to 600 kids, enriching their classroom experience.
We introduced our first three-dimensional Artists for Kids edition, Olives. This ceramic, glaze work is from the genius of renowned Canadian artist Victor Cicansky. While with Artists for Kids, Victor taught a teacher's workshop and spent a day offering a hands-on sculpture enrichment program to 20 students from our Art Academy.
Multi-disciplinary artist Bruce Pashak spent three full days teaching and inspiring students in grades 10 –12.
In February, two groups of students in grade 3 spent three full days with artist Christina Norberg and master art teacher Kory Bogen and Madelyn Hambly. The students learned to develop sculpture and three-dimensional shapes.
In March, we released our latest print from renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. Entitled Loons Feeding, this lithograph on arches 88 paper captures her strong use of pattern. Created in 1994, this edition of 50 is signed by the artist and was printed at Kinngait Studios, Cape Dorset, Nunavet. The issue price is $1,800. It is one of the last editions of her work available.
We also ran two Architecture enrichment programs, an inspiring Photography enrichment program and a thriving Art Academy.
Our Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Arts enters its 23rd year and our Summer Day camps are expanding this year to include woodworking and industrial arts for those in grades 4-7.
"There is no shortage of demand for the work we do with students," says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. "Young people are craving ways to express themselves visually, and our teachers, our artist-patrons and our programs bring a much-needed opportunity to explore and express the world around them."
We'll be back in September with our programs and a new teaching exhibit, [Ab-strak shuh n] — the art and the act. The exhibition is inspired by the abstract work in the Artists for Kids permanent collection. The show will open on Friday, September 30, 2016, in conjunction with Culture Days. We look forward to seeing you there.