Very proud to announce the opening of SD 45 One. Five: A Sense of Place this Wednesday, March 30th, 2016. Students from my photography classes have collaborated with photography students from Sentinel Secondary and Rockridge Secondary to define what the West Vancouver community means to them. Also included in the exhibition are works by celebrated local artists Ross Penhall and Victor John Penner, among others, who collaborated with the students and teachers to pull off the show. A big thank you and congratulations to my staff advisor, Miss Jacquelyn Wong, for all her hard work that went into organizing the exhibition and for including me in all aspects of the show.
I have learned so much from her about working with artists and collaborating with other teachers and schools to create a meaningful display of student achievement!
For more info, check out the Capture Photography Festival website: https://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/sd-45-one-five-a-sense-of-place/
A couple examples from our first darkroom photography project - photograms inspired by Man Ray. We made our own mattes and frames as well.
Slideshow of some preliminary illustrations by my talented Art West students.
During our first assignment, we investigated observation/seeing as a Way of Knowing. For that assignment, students used a newly learned glazing method of watercolour paint to illustrate the subtleties that light and colour cast on a folded, white sheet of paper.
For the assignment shown above, students used india ink for the first time to work purely from memory as a different Way of Knowing. Students chose stories or legends from their childhood that were personally or symbolically significant, and made illustrations that could accompany the text of those stories.
Our next assignment will combine both of the Ways of Knowing above with innovation and creative exploration to create larger-scale collaborative illustrations on a theme of the student's choosing. In these illustrations, students will investigate how contemporary artists establish illustration as a Fine Art by making drawings that stand alone as imagery and are not reliant on text or commercial connection.
I had my Art West students experiment with glazing as a technique for getting rich colours in their watercolour works. I challenged them to draw a crumpled sheet of white paper, and to paint their drawing using thin layers of watercolour. The goal was to try and imitate the actual colours seen, rather than just using "white." We started with a colour wheel assignment then moved into our drawings.
With our 'Humans of West Vancouver' project coming to a close and one day left before spring break, we had time to do something fast and fun in class. Students have spent a lot of time over the last month learning photo editing and manipulation in photoshop, so today we took it old school and made photo manipulations using tempera paints, oil pastels, and collage materials.
I really like how these low-pressure, high-creativity pictures turned out, and will hopefully be able to do something more like this again!
Had a fun time talking about my favourite literacy organization last night to potential volunteers and Friends of the Vancouver Public Library! Thanks for having us and for the shout-out on twitter :)