NWSS Site Stories

The power of the arts to inspire

Site Stories was an incredible multi-media presentation by Grade 10 students from NWSS. They took the sights and sounds of NWSS and have preserved them for all time. It is a wonderful example of creative collaboration between teachers and classes to create a memorable exhibit. It is a fantastic example of the power of the Arts in inspiring students to be creative and descriptive. My thanks go out to Dragana Sacco  and Jenny Simpson for an exciting example of professional collaboration.

The following is the ArtStart  Press Release on the Exhibit. Followed by my pictures from todays Exhibition.

Site Stories Exhibition at NW Secondary School:

10th graders to share new art works inspired by stories of their school

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – January 4, 2017

After 14 weeks of exploring the sites and stories of their school, sixty 10th graders from NWSS will share their original art works in a three day exhibition. The opening reception will take place on Wednesday, January 11 from 5:30-7:00pm, and the exhibition will be open during school hours on January 12 and 13. The show features new 2-D, 3-D, site-specific and time-based works conceived and completed by the students.

Since September 2016, artists Mark Cunningham and Julie Hammond have collaborated with classroom teachers Dragana Sacco, English, and Jenny Simpson, Art, to implement a program that paired expanded ideas of art making with explorations of the school building and location. Each week students learned about and used contemporary art practices—from scores to readymades to text and street art—as jumping-off points for making drawings, temporary sculptures, audio recordings, and carrying out a stencil bomb of the school hallways (sanctioned by school administration, of course). In-school activities were supplemented by research at the New Westminster Archives, a visit from Qayqayt Chief Rhonda Larabee, and field trip to Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery.

“As the NWSS community wraps up our time in the current building, we were thrilled to dive deeply into exploring what this space is and has been,” said English teacher Jenny Simpson. “It’s been remarkable to see students use and develop art tools to question and investigate places they have previously taken for granted.”

“As artists, we can illuminate the past and imagine the future in unexpected ways,” adds artist Julie Hammond. “Through this project students have been given the freedom to explore what matters to them and how they want to share their ideas with the community.”

MORE INFO: www.nwsssitestories.blogspot.ca

The Site Stories project was made possible in part by an ArtStarts Artist in the Classroom Grant and the NWSS PAC, and takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Qayqayt First Nation.

Posted by Mark Cunningham and Art Starts

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Author: Michael Ewen

Husband, Parent, Grandparent, Dog Owner, Public School Teacher, Public School Trustee

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