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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


South Kamloops Secondary Art 9 & 10 students are thrilled to share our finished skate decks!  Students worked hard to complete personalized images which reflect a diverse range of technique and concepts.  All involved enjoyed working local Kamloops artist Vaughn Warren, who guided the project from beginning through to completion instructing students with specific airbrushing techniques.  Reflecting on our completed project, we would like to recognize and thank many individuals and groups for supporting our unique adventure of inviting a working artists into the SKSS Art Department.

Firstly, we would like to thank Ms. Caroline Hilland, Vice Principal at SKSS.  Ms. Hilland, in collaboration with Vaughn Warren, developed a specific grant proposal to funding the skate deck project through ArtStarts.  By connecting artists to work in classrooms, ArtStarts supports the development of enriching learning opportunities in visual arts by supporting artists in school programs.  Thank you to ArtStarts for funding artist Vaughn Warren.  Also, a huge Thank You! to OLIVE Skateboarding for their continued support of student artists in Canadian schools.

Most importantly, we would like to thank Vaughn Warren for his artistic expertise, energy, and enthusiasm engaging student learning.  In addition to airbrushing techniques and individual idea development with over 55 SKSS art students, Vaughn shared aspects of his portfolio through a collection of past and present proposals and finished artworks.  In sharing his current work, Vaughn introduced students to an active process of a working artist.  The students were surprised and excited to recognize local artwork created by Vaughn.  In fact, one student realized her family had purchased one of Vaughn’s paintings!  It is a wonderful connection for students to identify artwork in our local Kamloops community.  Throughout the project, students embraced Vaughn’s friendly personality and approachable teaching style – enthusiastic to have his advice and opinions on their working designs.  We are grateful to Vaughn, as an exemplary artist-in-residence, who engaged SKSS students through an opportunity to develop new skills, connect to the local artistic community, and create meaningful artwork.

Lisa Yamaoka & SKSS Art 9-10 students