Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hockey Jersey's by Casey Kong and Christian Aquilini

In my special needs art class I try to allow students to pursue their individual interests through art.  I find   subjects, techniques, styles or materials that they are interested in then try to facilitate different individual projects for them - it's definitely hit and miss, trial and error, but It tends to work better than giving everyone the same project all the time.  On a whim one day I thought it might be fun for a few of my students to design hockey jerseys as they are both obsessed with sports.  I did a quick drawing of a jersey, photocopied it and gave it to them.  They have been working on these all year!

Casey Kong is obsessed with recreating the Jersey's of all highschools in the Vancouver district.

Christian Aquilini loves redesigning NHL jeseys and sometimes creating original super quirky designs.

I love them.

Casey Kong

Casey Kong

Friday, March 14, 2014

Progressive Drawings by Helen Yu

Progressive Drawings

Helen Yu

A prominent idiosyncratic style is what is lacking the most in this exhibition, but this showcase of my artworks definitely presents development in my artistic technique throughout the years. My passion for art sprouted at a young age. As I mature in my ceaseless artistic training, there are challenges faced, accomplishments made, and audiences pleased. Simultaneously, the individualistic style is gradually being discovered.

Visit the Point Gallery between April 1st and 15th on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday's at lunch to see the full exhibition of Helen's work.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Skies By Angel Gu

Skies have different personalities which means that skies change the way they look as time passes. Angel takes this series of pictures representing the color changing during different time periods and different seasons. As you can see these skies are perfectly represented in many tones and color, each photo symbolizing a different emotion. You could drown in this scenery.

Angel says that she would like to present a comparison between something changing and somethings that don't change as time passes. Using the sky as subject is a great way to show this. Although the sky has different moods, it is always young and active. But we are gradually getting bigger, and our parents are getting older.

By the changing of sun and moon, though the sky doesn’t alter, we are already grown.

Catherine Wang

Thursday, February 20, 2014



The act of drawing is an exercise of both the hand and the eye. Rather than communicating a specific conceptual idea, the following pieces display Amberleigh Clarke’s technical ability and comprehensive understanding of observational drawing.

By including both earlier and more recent pieces, we are able to observe her evolution as an artist from one who relies on schematic representations to one who is able to communicate all of the details and intricacies that lay before her eyes. Seeing how realist portraiture is associated with creating perfect photographic renderings of people, exhibiting her process not only allows the viewer to witness her growth, but also displays her confidence. The mere ability to perceive and then translate what one sees holds significant artistic merit, as it is a skill applicable to many disciplines of visual expression.

Kiel Torres

A collection of Amberleigh’s portraits will be exhibited in the Point Gallery  from Feb 21st to March5th.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Brains Aflame Part 4: Over/Under

Brains Aflame
A student experiential response to James Welling’s “Mind on Fire” exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery.  The Contemporary Art Gallery posted their own blog exhibition of the student's work here.

This fourth grouping of photographs explores the effects of intentionally overexposing or underexposing a photograph for compositional or dramatic effect.  It takes advantage of the mechanics of the camera to artificially manipulate lighting for dramatic purposes (the foreboding mystery of a low-light "night" shot or the bright, hopeful emotions brought forth by the "heavenly" light in an over-exposed shot).  We also challenge the question of what makes a "good" photograph by neglecting traditionally held beliefs about proper technique.

 Kevin McAllum

 Kevin Mcallum

Monday, February 17, 2014

Abstracts by LALS Art

This is a selection of work done by my wonderful special needs art class (I couldn't think of a better name for the work).  They composed their drawings by overlapping and tracing abstract cardboard shapes.  They then had free run to colour them as they saw fit as long as they followed the three rules we've established for colouring:  patience, keeping pencils sharp, and layering analogous colours.  I really try to keep this class loose and give them a lot of freedom and variety of projects as their attention span is generally pretty limited (as is mine) and they are all so dedicated to their own preferences in art making.  I want excursions out of their comfort zone to be short and sweet.  Not all of the students loved this project but a number of them really knocked it out of the park.  This class has such great instinct for colour and composition.  Look at the way they repeat colours throughout to lead the eye around the image, they balance smaller details with large areas and the way they use negative space.  Amazing.