Inside King's-Edgehill School

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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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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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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Art Department News - Grade 8 Paintings

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 7, 2019 7:32:29 AM

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!

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There's a New Bachelor in Town!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 2, 2019 6:52:08 AM

Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending KES alumnus (2014) Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu'sgraduation recital at Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts. A talented violinist, Patrick was a cornerstone of our music programme during his tenure at our School. He was featured in our Fall 2018 Life Connections magazine and, since then, he has completed his Bachelor of Music degree and has been accepted to take his Master’s degree in composition at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston next fall. It warms my heart to follow Patrick's path into music, and I'm not alone: As I entered the well-attended Sir James Dunn Theatre, I spotted Tai-Yu (Debby) Chao (Head Girl 2013), and walking in right behind me and my wife was Erin Davison (2012) and Francis Laing (2012). We all watched and listened intently as Patrick bowed his way through an impressive repertoire with passion and technical prowess, set against the background piano accompaniment played by Danbee Ko. To celebrate our newest King's-Edgehill music grad, I offer this YouTube link to his performance . Patrick is the featured soloist in the first half of the recital and he also plays a supportive role in the second half which features a fellow music grad. I'm sure you will agree that his talent is great and his ongoing success is eminent. Please click here to view the recital programme.

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A Raw Glimpse of Talent and Potential

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 24, 2019 7:40:00 PM

Periodically, I record my various ensembles for playback and reflective analysis. Such is the case in this clip. I have a stellar group of enthusiastic musicians in this term's Grade 10 Fine Arts Music class. They arrive to class eager to learn new material and perform. They cooperate and support each other, and they are always focused. Of equal importance to me is that they have fun. This week, I am submitting another unedited video of a typical rehearsal class with this entertaining bunch. That day, I asked the singers to really focus on intonation and blending their unison passages, and the band to be conscientious when playing their syncopated chord progressions. Don't worry if you are not familiar with these musical features; I'll just tell you that they did a solid job of both. This is  Grace Gallant’s  (electric bass) comment on the performance:

This performance is special to our band as it shows our capabilities of blending and collaborating together musically. Our band throughout the term has bonded and melded together to form a musical group that we are proud of. Each music class is always fun and interesting. We agree on the task for the day and we accomplish learning a new song that same day, leaving us all satisfied and fulfilled. Collaborating has been an important learning lesson for all of us and we hope you enjoy!
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Oh, What a Night!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 23, 2019 5:14:13 PM

We had our second annual “Arts Gala” on Thursday, April 4. The Gala is our chance as Arts teachers to celebrate the incredible artistic talent that we have at this School. The trophies were presented as the top academic awards in each discipline of the Arts. The Art pins were presented as acknowledgment to the students who are involved with more than two of the Arts, with one for work outside of the classroom such as helping with our Annual School Musical.

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A Dramatic Success!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 22, 2019 5:12:11 PM

King’s-Edgehill’s first play production   So Much Drama!  was an incredible success. The talents of each student on stage helped to create a beautiful and hilarious combination of scenes, which was the product of dedication and hard work. With only two performances on March 29th and 30th, we were able to raise over $430 for charities that were chosen specifically by the students. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the students involved, and we hope to continue seeing success with our School play.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Just Like in Olden Days

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 19, 2019 5:13:00 PM

Recently, a collection of our Senior School students performed a collection of short plays in a series they called   So Much Drama!; you can read more about their production in this week’s article by   Ms. Sinclair. What I want to comment on is the collaboration of drama and music. Up until the advent of 'talking picture movies', Vaudeville acts were popular. In most cases, the various skits and performances were stitched together via a musical interlude. Such is the case in   So Much Drama!.   Megumi Tsuji, whom I have featured earlier this year, provided an assortment of piano pieces while the sets were being arranged for each vignette. I have included a copy of the billboard so that you can know the cast and their works. I am very pleased that 'straight-up' drama has found its way back into our Performing Arts programme, offering our non-musical thespians the opportunity to take center stage; however, I am equally pleased that Megumi's contribution elevated essential set changes that would otherwise be downtime for an audience seated in dark silence. I congratulate all cast and crew alike; Bravo!   Click here  to enjoy the performances.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

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