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.
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).
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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
Over the last few weeks, we have been so busy with our IB Senior Art Show and Gala that the focus has been on my Senior Art students. Meanwhile, back in the Art room, my Grade 8 Art students have been very busy with their acrylic paintings. This group arrived in my Art class at the end of January, and for many of these students, this would be their first formal Art class. As an Art teacher, my goal is to give them a good solid background in using different media and to learn different skill techniques so they feel comfortable enough to create. With this painting project, we concentrated on the materials, composition (close up), blending and colour. All of the students’ paintings are included so we can see that they all should be very proud of their achievements. Excellent job!! Now, onto working with clay!