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KES Alumni: Marks Lockhart

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 22, 2019 11:31:48 AM

I'd been home in Nova Scotia for a few weeks when a drummer friend of mine called asking to borrow some drums. When returning my gear he asked, "How can you not do this anymore?" How DO I not do this anymore? If I'm not a full- time drummer, does that mean I'm not a drummer at all? Since I was a kid, I've loved music, always gravitating to the drums. Hearing KISS Alive 2 on my Nanny's record player when I was 7 changed my life forever. Another life changing moment was when Jeff Smith pushed me out of my comfort zone by getting me to play with the KES stage band and Jazz ensemble at a Music festival with less than a week's preparation! These were huge experiences that gave me the confidence to pursue my passion and a career in the music industry. After graduating from KES, I moved to Toronto and started my journey as a professional musician. After 11 years of playing and sharing the stage with many talented artists, an eye-opening experience occurred while on the road that left me questioning my career. It was becoming increasingly difficult to make an income and play music that was fulfilling for me. I knew eventually I wanted to get married and have kids, and the lifestyle I had wasn't conducive to do that.

The more I questioned things, the clearer it became. I was becoming unhappy with my current situation. After a lot of gut-wrenching nights, I made the difficult decision to leave Toronto and my professional music career of 11 years behind and move home. I got a 'real' job for the first time in more than a decade that was meant to be temporary but, here I am 15 years later, in the same industry. So, how do I not do this anymore? Being a drummer is how I identified, it was the thing that made me a little cool. If I'm not a full time drummer, does that mean I'm not a drummer at all? Absolutely not! Today, I play music on my own terms. Will I play in an arena again? Maybe not; but I'm okay with that. Now the arenas are my 2 kids and a supportive wife. I have the stability and balance I once craved, and yes, playing music, too. I enjoy that now I can say yes to the gigs I want and play the kind of music I enjoy playing. I've taken a similar approach in other aspects of my life as well. A few years ago, I rekindled my love for mountain biking and racing. I look at racing the same way I do music; it fills a spot in my life that requires some risk and has reward and it pushes me to get better and improve my skills. What I get out of a race is much like a gig; I get the jitters just before starting, once I begin it requires focus and concentration and when it's over, it's absolutely exhilarating.

King's-Edgehill alumni feel embraced by their KES experience long after they have left. If you're an alumnus/alumna eager to re-connect with your KES friends, find out how to do that here:

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS

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

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