Why do we make art? As humans we have an innate drive to express our inner emotions and thoughts.Some of us sing to get our truth out, some of us dance, some of us write and some of us draw or paint.Art class is a way for students to practice expressing themselves in an authentic way to see what works best for them.
In the art studio we work together, learning from each other, supporting each other in thoughtful risk taking all while working through personal art making processes. We begin with Drawing techniques and processes with various materials, addressing the core of art making and art thinking, we then go through colour theory and experimentation with various materials and finally get into 3 dimensional and textural works at the end of the semester.
Who are you? What do you have to say? How are you going to get your message out? Everyone has a voice and an important truth to share, we also practice listening, how do we take in artwork in a meaningful and respectful way? We will also be practicing how to be critical thinkers in todays visual world. Come with an open mind and you won’t be disappointed.
Student Work and Comments
Lauren Eshpeter (Grade 12)
If there’s one thing I enjoy doing the most in art class, it’s portraits. I love being able to sculpt features and details using only a pencil or paint brush. Portraits inspire me to see what ideas I can put forward, make in to an artwork and see what I can maybe make different. I wanted to be able to make a big painting of a face. Preferably, just a head with a face, nothing else. I never really thought about the thoughts that this idea would provoke and that it would probably turn some heads. Once I did, I wanted to make people think “why is it just a head?” or “what inspired this?” To be honest, this idea just came about one day in my art 20 class in grade 11 when I was doodling, trying to get rid of some artist block I had been stuck with for about 2-3 months. I loved the idea of a floating head in the middle of a page with vibrant colours standing out. It just seemed different and it was one idea I was finally proud of. It started with this giant pink head on a canvas and this one painting inspired me to continue to make these paintings of floating heads. The one you see in the photo included, is the second instalment of the trilogy of floating head portraits that I’m currently working on, the final one is currently in progress. I didn’t really think I would have enjoyed this idea so much that I would continue it. But from the encouragement of my friends and teacher, I was inspired to continue. This is also one thing that I love so much about the art program here at St. Mary’s, it’s that nobody is judging your ideas or your artwork because it’s a piece of you and your imagination. Art class is a safe space where nothing is wrong and there’s always an outlet to express anything you feel or think, not to mention that there is always unlimited creative freedom.
I'm Jero Marsal and what I bring
with me, especially with my art is my Filipino heritage. Filipino artists
focus on everyday life in the Philippines, and this is what I bring to the
table. The Filipino mindset of featuring the everyday, mundane things and
turning it into art. This semester, I worked with the idea of high school
life, struggles and successes while exploring new art forms.