As the school year draws to a close, we are proud to feature and celebrate the works created by our students.
From Kindergarten through Grade 12, students in the North Vancouver School District have a remarkable opportunity to explore and develop their visual arts skills and express the world around them.
"There is a revived and growing interest in sharing visual arts skills and creative problem-solving with our young people," says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. "It's reflected in the exceptional interest in our programs and in the support our young artists are receiving."
Throughout the year, we offer Enrichment programs for students in the elementary and senior grades. Over three full days, students work with a teacher and professional artists to discover specific visual arts skills and create a final work.
This year, students in Grades 3 worked with artist M. E. Sparks. Her practice explores methods of abstraction to reconsider the ways we engage with images.
Students in Grade 7 worked with the DRIL, a Vancouver based artist collective founded in 2009, comprised of Dylan McHugh, Rachel White, Ian Prentice and Leisha O'Donohue. The students explored man-made and natural elements to turn two-dimensional work into three-dimensional pieces.
Senior students worked in two distinctly different media. Students explored multimedia expression with Artist Lyse Lemieux. Working with form, they explored abstraction through other media such as thread and material.
Artist Xwalacktun shared carving techniques with the students, who produced pieces that translated imagery to wood.
Art from the Junior Enrichment programs are on display in the lobby of the Gordon Smith Gallery through Thursday, May 24. Art from the Senior Enrichment programs are on display from Monday, May 28 – Thursday, May 31, 2018.
This year's Photography Enrichment program brought students together with photographer Michael Love. The students explored and photographed National Historic Sites such as Britannia Mines and Stave Falls. Their work will be published in an upcoming edition of the North Shore News.
Students throughout the district have their work on display at Capilano Mall's Art from 44 exhibition, which runs through the end of May. We encourage you to visit the mall and take in the array of art created this school year.
It's been a remarkable year for creativity in the North Vancouver School District. We invite you to view some or all of the art on display, and see the fresh ideas and skills emerging from the next generation of artists.