As the year draws to a close, we reflect on what has been a remarkable fall and promises to be an even more eventful 2018.
Memory • History • Story
Our teaching exhibition Memory • History • Story is an exploration of our indigenous artists, their perspectives and voices. It opened in late September and has been phenomenally well received by educators and the public. With every teaching exhibition, we develop a specific curriculum to accompany the works. This year, the lessons support and extend the educational opportunity surrounding the history of residential schools in this country, our First People's relationship with the land and their traditions, as reflected in their art.
"This is one of the most important teaching exhibitions in our history," says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. "Seeing the work of our first people, and their perspective on their experiences provides an essential aspect to understanding the true scale, scope and story of our country. It is a big step for our educators in the work of truth and reconcilliation."
More educators throughout the North Vancouver School District and beyond are bringing their classes to see the exhibit. We usually welcome students in Grade 5. The exhibit has been so well received that we are also hosting groups of secondary students and others. Several classes of Fine Arts students from Handsworth Secondary School have visited the exhibit, as have students from the Gifted Program. In addition, students in the French Immersion program at North Vancouver Secondary Schools recorded their perspectives on the exhibition, in French. These audioguides will be accessible to those using the Gordon Smith Gallery MyTours, the self-directed Gallery exhibition app available for download or on one of our iPads available to visitors. Many elementary teachers are bringing groups for half-day, self-guided tours using the Gordon Smith Gallery app.
We invite you to drop by the Gordon Smith Gallery and view this collection. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon – 5:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed for the Christmas Break.
Winter After School Art Programs
Our after school art programs are growing in popularity each year and our winter 2018 classes are already more than 70 per cent full, with two classes already taking wait lists. Programs start the week of January 15, 2018 and run for eight weeks. These fun, children's art classes make a great gift, and the skills kids learn last a lifetime.
New Print Release
We are excited to announce that in the new year, we will be introducing a new Graham Gillmore print. We'll be sending out more information about this latest edition in January.
Art Assistant Training Program
Thanks to a generous grant from the City of North Vancouver, we are proud to be able to offer our Art Assistant Training program. For three Wednesday afternoons in January, we will provide training to secondary students wishing to become art assistants or teacher's assistant. The classes will discuss what teachers need, what the assistants should expect and how they can best support instructors and kids so everyone can get the most from the class. For more information, or to register for the Art Assistant training, please contact our office at 604-903-3798.
Artist Training at Mountainside
Through a generous grant from Coast Capital Savings, we are pleased to be bringing art career training to students at Mountainside Secondary. Jud Beaumont and Tania Gleave will be at the school, working directly with the secondary students to help them discover their own skills and abilities beyond the classroom.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events. Until then, we wish you and your family a joyous holiday and New Year filled with creativity, health and happiness.