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Grade 11 IB Art - Oil Paintings

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2019 6:51:00 AM

The International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Programme is an intense course that is designed to allow students who are interested in Fine Arts, a chance to explore and develop his or her individual style.

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Topics: Arts At KES, IB Programme, ARTS

Art in a Digital Age

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 12, 2019 6:31:59 PM

If you're like most people (and I know you must be, because you are reading this on some kind of electronic device) a computer of some kind or another plays a significant role in your life. The Arts programme here at King's-Edgehill School is steeped in tradition. Students are taught and exposed to all forms of Art in a classic fashion; however, today's world has become largely dependent on computers and other such electronic devices. In a conversation I had recently with an alumnus of our School, he told me that his cell phone has more technological power than the Canadian Navy battleship he captains. That same technology has now also become status quo in the artistic world. Most music produced today is highly engineered. Animated movies are block-buster sensations. Technology is now a launch pad for creativity. Of course, the essence of Art is still human, but now we're finding more ways to channel creative intelligence and deliver it to the interested consumer or art aficionado. At KES, we're ahead of the curve in this regard as well. Computers are almost a necessity and, as such, our Arts Department now includes them in our productions, performances, and creations. As you can imagine, it's a challenge keeping up with the hardware and software capabilities, but we do so with the support of our administration and IT Department. Don't worry, we're not letting go of the traditional artistic methods.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, ARTS

Blue Skies at the 2019 Cadet Ball

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 2, 2019 6:31:00 PM

Last Friday night, the Fountain Performing Arts Centre was buzzing with energy: finally, the evening of our Annual Cadet Ball had arrived. Officers' uniforms, tuxedos, new suits and, of course, beautiful ball gowns filled the complex; everybody was smiling. Few teenagers have an opportunity to experience a formal dance with a 23 piece Big Band. The Big Valley Swing Orchestra (I play lead trumpet and co-direct the group) provided music for the occasion, and we lured the eager dancers to the floor with our very first tune. Leading up to the event, students took weekly dance lessons to learn how to 'jump, jive an' wail' (excuse the pun, but I had to), and their efforts were evident in the number of kicks, spins, and flips that kept people alert and on their toes. Since KES Jazz Band members, vocalists, Kathleen Balcome and Nicola du Toit, pianist, Bryan Li, and guitarists, Mike Moreno and Max Cole were in attendance, I was honoured to invite them to sit in with the band to perform Blue Skies. Needless to say, they did a terrific job. The video camera was situated at the back of the theatre balcony, so the audio is cluttered by crowd chatter; however, I am excited to offer you a glimpse into the gala event and their performance. Watch the video here

KES Voice Students Recital - Please join us in the Vair McLellan Concert Hall on Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00pm to hear eight dedicated KES voice students present music they have been working on this year with voice coach Amanda LeBlanc. Their selections span old favourites, contemporary pop, and musical theatre, so there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy (and maybe hum along to).

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

First Annual KES Dance Recital

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 30, 2019 1:05:05 PM

You are invited to attend our very first Annual KES Dance Recital on Monday, June 3rd. We will be showcasing a mix of styles including jazz, contemporary, K-Pop, and highland – just to name a few. The performances will begin at 7:00pm in our Fountain Performing Arts Centre and will last approximately 1.5 hours with a 15-minute intermission. While our dancers ask for donations at the door, there will be raffle tickets on a gift basket and flowers will also be sold. Come see what our brand new dance programme at KES is all about. You just might learn a new move or two! 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

Shakespeare on the Rocks

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 27, 2019 2:36:03 PM

In our annual celebration of Shakespeare, my English 8S class wrote a condensed version of Romeo & Juliet and performed it for an enthusiastic group of Grade 7 and 8 students. They learned about the importance of outdoor theatre and paid respect to the history of performing at a time before electricity. Although our theatre can offer an incredible amount of resources to put on unbelievable plays and musicals, we also have countless areas around campus which form a natural amphitheater for students to enjoy performances in a natural setting. This space, in particular, was created by coincidence as it sits directly behind our new turf, creating a natural stage with the woods as a backdrop.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Arts At KES, ARTS

Arts & the Up and Coming are Here!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 24, 2019 1:16:00 PM

Often it is the students of the Senior School who get attention in my weekly newsletter article for their artistic talents. And so it is in the opening segment of this week's video clip; however, the interesting opening treatment gives way to a number of our Junior School girls performing a piece at our recent annual Arts Gala awards evening. Senior Visual Arts students designed and generated a time-lapsed photographic/video introduction to the night’s event. It is a cool and creative work of multi-media art. Following that, the young ladies performed with enthusiasm, a musical theatre number from Disney's Freaky Friday entitled  I'm Not Myself Today. I love the cross-pollination of ages and talents.   This clip  nicely illustrates a balance of ability and creativity, with the Juniors demonstrating that a young age does not limit ones’ ability or potential.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

Grade 10 Works of Art

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 22, 2019 7:08:00 PM

“Deconstruction Art” originated by the philosopher Jacques Derrida. Deconstruction is an approach to understanding the relationship between text and meaning (in the usage of language). In Art: The act of breaking something down into separate parts in order to understand its meaning, especially when this is different from how it was previously understood.

Three students in my Grade 10 Art class, Noah Szymanis, Ethan Hiscott and Patrick Browne decided to try this technique for their sculpture unit. Using one laptop computer and a moderator, they deconstructed the two pieces and saved all the parts including the screws, etc. After this, they composed a design using all of the parts on a 4 feet x 4 feet Masonite board. Because they wanted the audience to focus on the design, they spray painted it white and then black on one side. The gold touches are to emphasize the interesting design pieces. The mural is almost completed, and when it is, it will be permanently displayed in the Tech Office across from the Slounge. Amazing work, gentlemen!

I hope you enjoy viewing the beautiful paintings by our Grade 10 artists.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

Spring has Sprung in the Art Department!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 18, 2019 3:31:00 PM

The Art Department has decided for the month of May to design and complete a few outdoor murals. The students enjoy being outside and collaborating on a work together project, and I am pleased to announce that we have four major projects on the go.

The first project that has just been completed is an outdoor sign for the Yoga Studio. A few of our Grade 12 students suggested this idea and, with the permission of our Yoga instructors and Mr. Seagram, we started the planning. Sam Giles and Maddy Ross had designed the concept and have just completed the sign. It will be installed in the next few weeks on the yoga building. Excellent job girls!

The Grades 8-11 Art students have just started working on two outside murals on the side wall of the Art Room. As a group, we have chosen two of Maude Lewis’s paintings. I will keep you updated on the progress.

Grade 9 Paintings - Last week, I shared the Grade 8 paintings. For this week, I hope you enjoy viewing the Grade 9 acrylic paintings.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Visit 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 17, 2019 3:33:00 PM

Thirty-six Grade 10 and 11 Art students visited the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Tuesday, May 7th. What a visit! We explored the recent exhibitions such as: Industrial Elements Air, Fire, Water and Earth; Salvador Dali, A Suite of Prints; and Halifax Harbour 1918: Harold Gilman and Arthur Lismer. Our docents opened our minds and exposed us to new adventures. One group actually had time to do Performance Art pieces in one of the exhibitions.

I think the one painting that truly opened our minds and challenged our beliefs was the large painting (3.5 meters by 7 meters) by Cree artist Kent Monkman. It was recently gifted to the Gallery by the Sobey Foundation, and it has recently been installed and is now part of the permanent collection of the Art Gallery. The massive painting depicts the arrival of the Europeans on the East Coast, the focus is two large sea-tossed vessels about to collide. One, a tattered raft rigged with a sail is occupied by pale characters from European history. The other vessel is a canoe filled with richly coloured contemporary and ancient Indigenous characters. The turbulence of these two cultures colliding was the theme that was explored. This painting certainly provoked thought and conversation and it truly is worth the trip to the gallery.

“I wanted people to think about what the treaties were intended to be, how they were interpreted by Indigenous Peoples; where did they go wrong?”- Kent Monkman

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

Video Victory

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 8, 2019 7:36:20 AM

Grade 11 student, Eva Redmond, arrived at King's-Edgehill School from Gander, Newfoundland last September with her camera and her cornet in hand. Within a couple of weeks, she became a lead player in every KES band, took center stage with the ensemble of our production of Mamma Mia!, and, won an internal promotional video contest for her piece on the opportunities that KES has to offer perspective new students. She also co-founded and rekindled a photography club on campus that has amassed quite a few like-minded shutter bugs. Last week, Eva submitted a 'short' video in the Halifax FIN Kids Film Festival. Her video is focused on The Arts and how they are valued by all and fill a necessary need in life's fulfillment. She was delighted to get immediate news from the competition committee that she passed the semi-finals and that her film would advance to the finals. Last weekend, Eva attended the Festival viewings and walked away a Winner! Eva just might be giving Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, and other producers/directors some competition in the near future! Please take the time to view her video; I am certain that you will be impressed too. Congratulations, Eva!

One Tuesday afternoon after photography club, I was hanging out in the Art room, kind of in the mood to do some filming. So, I ventured to the back where Sophia and Abigail were working on their art pieces. They welcomed me to film them, and that's how it all started. A couple weeks later I stumbled upon the film festival online and thought, Perfect! I'd finally have a use for the footage I had started to throw together. I started planning the layout of the video and asking people to take part. What was really an important aspect for me was the comfort the Arts bring to youth and students of my age group. I have been shown time and time again since arriving at this School just how much the Arts mean to people, and sometimes they don't get the credit they deserve, so I thought, what a perfect time to showcase them. In the beginning of the piece, the Arts have been taken away and people react in just raw footage. Later, of course, the Arts come back and you see the light it brings to everyone's life. While interviewing, I simply told people, "Pretend the Arts were all instantly taken away; how do you feel?" at first they found it funny, but by the time we got a couple minutes in, you could feel the real fear and anxiety they had just thinking of this. That's when this project became so much more real and more than just a film to me. I had to show the world how the Arts genuinely affect our lives and just how important they are. I had to do this for all the artists to have a voice. I am so thankful that the judges saw that and that the piece had a chance to be seen by others, and I hope that they saw the importance like I did.  

Jeff Smith
Director of Visual & Performing Arts
You’ll find countless opportunities to express your artistic interests at our School. The Arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education.

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Topics: ARTS

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