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 29, 2016

Interpreting Sounds of the Symphony

The Catacombs by Krista Buder, Grade 12
Mussorgsky by Nicole Hanna

Classical music has a remarkable capacity to inspire.  With hopes of making connections through the arts, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra approached the art department at South Kamloops Secondary with a unique opportunity to visually interpret a famous symphony.  Pictures at an Exhibition, a musical work in 10 movements by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) was originally inspired by the artwork of his talented friend, Vicktor Hartmann (1834-1873). Investigating the six of the 10 remaining images, SKSS students embarked on a process of listening to the recorded 10 movements of the symphony and researching specific aspects for a personal art image.

 Camyrn Morris, grade 11                                                            Cynthia James, grade 12 
In a final presentation of student learning, SKSS art students framed their work, provided artist statements and installed 22 artworks for display at the Kamloops Symphony's performance on February 13, 2016.  Many of the secondary students were in attendance the night of the symphony performance.  Unexpectedly, alongside the original Hartmann images the student work was projected during the live performance.  For many reasons this experience had a profound and positive impact on the art students who were sitting in the audience listening to the live performance!  

The symphony was fantastic. It was so much more interesting to listen to the music live. The coolest part was probably seeing how the student artists interpreted the sounds of the symphony while the professional musicians were playing. Evidently, it was inspiring to see how the music can give people such different imagery. -Kayla S., grade 12
The collaboration between the symphony music and visual art was a fantastic learning experience. During intermission we shared with audience members who approached art students with questions as well as many compliments.  This process of sharing with the community was a whole new experience itself, but such a great feeling as a developing artist! With this being said, sitting in the audience along with your classmates, listening to the live music while your own art was being projected in the performance was phenomenal! I specifically enjoyed the quiet whispers in the audience complementing the student art images.  –Alma S., grade 11
Free Range Eggs by Lyle Loveday, grade 11

City of Storms by Miranda McGhee
   A special thank-you to Krystal Kehoe of the KSO for arranging this unique opportunity and collaboration with SKSS art students.  We are truly grateful to make meaningful community connections through visual arts.  Also, thanks to Vice Principal Blake Buemann for attending and supporting students at this event!