With the first semester of the Prairie Rose Art Institute well underway, students are taking the chance to hone their skills in sketching, painting and sculpture across the Prairie Rose School Division.
Based in Parkside School, instructor Kameko Ballantyne teaches students throughout the school division through the use of digital classrooms, as well as the physically present Parkside students. The participating schools include Foremost School, Jenner School, Seven Persons School, South Central High School and Senator Gershaw School.
The program focuses on students from grads 7–12, said Ballantyne.
“We wanted to target the students that are really starting to develop in their artistic skills and help guide them to become masters by the end of grade 12,” said Ballantyne, “We found that not all students within the school have an art instructor. So with me having my art background, it was an opportunity for students who wanted to continue and develop and master, their art has an instructor who had an art background.”
The main portion of the curriculum includes drawing, painting, and sculpture, as well teaching students the tools needed to present themselves as professional artists, such as portfolio building and how to give and receive critical feedback on their artwork.
“They learn how to represent themselves as artists and as an art professional and just learn the simplicity and the complexity of the principles and elements of design in art,” said Ballantyne.
The institute runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, coinciding with the scheduled time for option classes at Parkside School, at the same time as students currently enrolled in the Hockey Academy take for their specialized classes as well. Students receive a credit, as they would with any other option course, and a mark for their art at the end of the semester.
The institute allows for students that attend schools that may not have a dedicated art teacher to learn from someone with an art background, which can be immensely helpful for those looking to master their creative expression.
“It is highly important,” said Ballantyne. “For me, art is the foundation for all subjects. It allows us to explore ourselves, explore outside of ourselves, it improves creativity. It builds relationships within art, our mental health, our self reflection. It helps build with peers and how we give critical feedback. It helps show growth within ourselves and how we can apply Problem Solving, it improves self esteem and sense accomplishment. Art is known for being a stress reducer. And it actually improves creative thinking.”
“I was reading a study the other day that students that create art actually do better within their core classes, if they have art as an option or have artistic expression, whether that’s music or creating arts, right, so I could go on for 20 minutes why it’s important for students,” said Ballantyne.
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The city of Del Mar’s temporary outdoor sculpture program has opened with five new works in downtown Del Mar, along a one-mile art stroll.
The Del Mar Foundation is providing approximately $15,000 in funding for the program over the first two years and the pieces will remain on display for up to 23 months.
Take the Del Mar art walk:
- Hanging Out by Maidy Morhous at 15th Street and Stratford Court
- Birds Eye View by Petrello and Graham at the southeast corner of 14th Street and Camino del Mar
- Terpsichore by David Beck Brown at the southeast corner of 12th Street and Camino del Mar
- Moonshadow by Jeffery Laudenslager and Deanne Sabeck at the northeast corner of 9th Street and Camino del Mar
- Pasaje a lo Infinito by Hugo Heredia at 5th Street and Camino del Mar
Before There Were Pockets: A Métis Youth Art Series – Métis Nation of Ontario – Metis Nation of Ontario
Before There Were Pockets
A Métis Youth Art Series
Part 1 – TOBACCO BAG
Thursday, November 18, 6-9 PM ET
Thursday, December 16, 6-9 PM ET
Part 2 – SASH BAG
Thursday, January 13, 6-9 PM ET
Thursday, February 10, 6-9 PM ET
Thursday, March 10, 6-9 PM ET
The Métis Nation of Ontario is excited to be hosting Before There Were Pockets- Métis Youth Arts Series this year across the province virtually through the Zoom platform.
This will be a once a month gathering of youth to learn a variety of traditional arts through the construction of a sash bag and tobacco bag. It is an informal opportunity for youth to connect with each other and work one-on-one with knowledge holders and staff. It will also be an opportunity to bring in special guests to speak about their artwork and journey. These workshops will allow participants to explore different skills and gain a deeper understanding of their Métis heritage. In order to receive the supplies for their session, all forms must be completed and participants are expected to attend all sessions. Access to technology and reliable internet is required to participate in the camp.
Space is limited, so please register and complete the application as soon as possible. Participants can access the Metis Nation of Ontario Application Portal at metisnation.smapply.io/.
Vancouver Island art councils work together on regional impact study – Parksville Qualicum Beach News – Parksville Qualicum Beach News
The Arts Council of Ladysmith is leading the way on a project that aims to get arts recognized as a significant industry on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. With funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, it partnered with other councils in the region to conduct an impact study to show the value art brings to communities.
“Itis larger than many industries, like the lumber industry and the fishing industry in our community and it’s probably not recognized because many of them are individuals,” said Kathy Holmes, president of the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District. “People don’t think of them as a business and really, artists are their own business.”
The arts council partnered with the Digital Innovation Group (DIG), a collective of island arts councils, to bring together nearly 1500 artists and art supporters in the spring to assess the economic, social, cultural and health impacts of arts in the region.
“No other art council has even attempted to do this. It’s been a huge project, we are exhausted and what’s coming out now is really important,” Holmes said.
DIG will present the study’s findings at this year’s Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Summit this month. The study found one in 20 people in the region is an artist and over 90 per cent of respondents felt arts are foundational to economic, community and individual wellness, according to DIG’s summary of findings.
“We were looking for meaningful data to quantify the contribution of the arts sector to our region and are thrilled to learn that there are over 35,000 artists and that our sector generates almost one billion dollars in direct economic outputs,” said Ora Steyn, vice president of the Ladysmith Arts Council.
The Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery has been operating out of the old school on Parkhill Terrace for the last two years and Holmes said it has had a large impact on the volume of visitors.
“The Membership is still being very faithful. We worked very hard at keeping them but the public is not coming in droves so we are trying to build that capacity again but it took us a long time to get to 13,000 people a year,” Holmes said.
The gallery will be hosting Yael Wand, a Salt Spring Island musician on Friday (Oct. 22.) Tickets are on sale now on the art council’s website.
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