Last week the students of SJD were busy exploring their artistic talents. Back in October, the grade 8 students applied for, and received, a SpeakUp Grant. SpeakUp grants are provided by the Ministry of Education for funding Student Voice Initiatives. This grant provided the opportunity for the students of SJD to bring an artist for a week to their school and work with all the students. Ms.Taimi Poldmaa from Berkana Art Sudios in Sault Ste. Marie (Berkana Art Studio ) was our visiting artist and helped out students create amazing pieces of art that centered around the theme of Northern Landscapes.
The JK/SK’s and the Grade 1-2 students worked on painting fields of flowers.
The Grade 3-4’s used pastels and glue to create their incredible landscapes. Things got a bit messy but the end results were incredible.
Grade 5-6 students were focused on sunsets and produced an amazing array of them.
The Grade 6-7 class focus was Ted Harrison inspired northern landscape painting and the students really captured the north in their creations. The grade 8 students worked on value landscapes paintings (moving from light to dark). They too created an a amazing array of beautiful landscapes.
At the end of the week the SJD Library was transformed into a beautiful Northern Landscape Art Gallery and parents were provided the opportunity to come an view all of the student work.
A huge thank you to the Grade 8 students and Mrs. Mackenzie and Ms. Portis for all their efforts in bringing this opportunity to SJD and allowing our students to shine. Also, from all the students and staff at SJD, a huge thank you to Taimi Poldmaa from Berkana Art Studios for the passion and inspiration that she brought to all of our students for the arts.
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