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, February 2, 2015

Maison de Lumiere: Kinder clay!

Sculpture & Ceramics students shared their slab building clay techniques this January by working with Mme Upshaw and Mme Linthorne’s Kindergarten class from our neighbouring elementary school, Lloyd George.  Students paired-up to create a ‘Maison de Lumiere’ focusing on aspects of texture and hand-building sculpture techniques.  As collaborative activities often witness, the artistic process becomes an opportunity in our school community to build a brief and meaningful relationship between the teenage artists and their newly acquainted Kindergarten friends.  SKSS art student Katherine R. reflects on her experience working with the Kindergarten students:

Kids are really creative and ready to try new things, which is why working with the kindergarten class was so cool.  It was really interesting to see how much their houses varied in size, colour, and in general how different they were.  They all were very excited and enthused about working with clay, since for many of them it was their first time.  They also got to paint their houses with ceramic glaze.  Many picked their favorite colour and layered it on the entire house!  For someone who loves kids this was such a cool opportunity to talk to them while teaching them something new.  It was privilege to give back to the community in such a unique way.

We would like to thank our Lloyd George Kindergarten friends, teachers Mme Upshaw and Mme Linthorne, and librarian Mme Cauchon, for such fantastic participation and sharing in our creative art-making collaboration.