For the second year running, Artists for Kids has had the opportunity to work with the students in the Gifted Zone Exploration program. Together with their Zone teachers, Ms. Summers and Ms. Paiuk, AFK educator Amelia Epp explored the teaching exhibition; Transformations and created a personal exploration of their own transformations for a full day.
Students began the day by exploring the exhibition in the Gordon Smith Gallery, sketching and enthusiastically discussing individual artworks. Back in the art studio, students developed colour palettes and abstract shapes to represent their individual interests and personalities. Incorporating magazine images, photographs of themselves, and collage materials brought from home, students then completed abstract self-portraits. The resulting mixed media collages were diverse, colourful, and dynamic - representing the young artists who created them.
Held over three days, the program was attended by nearly 90 students in grades 4 and 5. Another wonderful opportunity for our young people to explore the world of visual arts. We are already looking forward to next years offerings.
Below are details from student work.