The SKSS Visual Arts Department believes that the quality of a student’s life is uniquely enriched in essential ways by the development of skills and values learned in the creation of artworks. Visual arts encourage the students to function on multiple intellectual, analytical, thoughtful and expressive levels.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Kamloops - Rediscovering Our Past

This year, we are proud to celebrate the Bicentennial Anniversary of Fort Kamloops. This has been a great opportunity for our students, living in the modern community of Kamloops, to reflect on this area’s historic beginnings and transformations through the decades. Starting with a trip to the Kamloops Museum and Archives, students searched through stacks of black and white photos to choose personally meaningful images as references. Back in the classroom, students researched notable Canadian Artists and found ways to incorporate these recognizable styles into their artworks. The wide variety of styles and colour palettes seen in this calendar reflect the diversity and creativity of our students. The compelling nature of the images reflect the rich history of Kamloops: the people, the landscape, and the culture.

Special Thanks!

On behalf of the Visual Arts Department at South Kamloops Secondary School, we would like to sincerely thank all the members of our school and community who helped make this project successful. We would like to thank Elizabeth Duckworth, who welcomed us into the Kamloops Museum and Archives, and shared a rich collection of historic images from the Kamloops area. Her knowledge of the people and their stories truly helped bring the images alive for our students. Thanks to our community jurors: Elizabeth Duckworth, Noreen Pankewich, the District First Nations Coordinator, and Ken Rife, SKSS Vice Principal. These jurors shared the very difficult task of selecting these calendar images from a large collection of quality artworks. Thanks to Barb Berger at the City Of Kamloops, who continues to support us with enthusiasm for student artworks, and a shared sense of community culture. Thank you to Menzies Printers, for caring, professional support as we bring our calendar to print.

Most importantly

Congratulations to the students who created these artworks with creativity, enthusiasm, and perseverance!

Fine Arts Department

South Kamloops Secondary School