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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Deck Designs!

Students at South Kamloops Secondary have a unique opportunity this semester to work with an artist in residence: VAUGHN WARREN.  We are thrilled to have Vaughn, from Kamloops BC, work with grade 9 and 10 art students, guiding us through the process of airbrushing artwork on skate decks.  This project has been made possible through ArtStarts in Schools, by providing grant opportunities that promote a connection with youth to professional arts experiences in the classroom.  In addition, we are thankful to OLIVE Skateboards for their support of visual art programs in Canadian schools.

As we begin our journey in creating upwards of 50 painted skate deck designs, I have asked grade 10 student Bailey S. to share our process to date:

Over the past few weeks, we have been working on designing a finished copy for our skate decks, starting with a small wire frame of a skateboard, subsequent colour models, leading to a full sized blown-up skate deck copy. Vaughn Warren, a local artist who is working with our class, is sharing his expertise teaching aspects of design and airbrush mediums. 

Airbrushing seems like a difficult technique to work with.  Unlike sketching it is harder to erase and especially when you learn a new art style, the first time you actually create a piece isn’t always the best.  Some of the kids in my class were apprehensive to the idea, not knowing if it was something they would be good at or enjoy. Others, including myself, were super excited. I quote one of my friends in the class who was weary at first, “... suddenly it hits you. This is actually happening; you can make your own skate deck, and you can keep it!”

Creating a successful skate deck will take time, direction, and artistic considerations.  After we finished a contour drawing of the final design, we moved on to creating colour models colouring many photocopies of the original design.  Finally, we blew up the image in hopes of soon transferring the design onto the skate deck.  This process requires students to think ahead, plan, and consider more ways to look at one project idea.