Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Carving with Ms. Benett

Just recently, I had the opportunity to try something completely new. Having taken art since Grade 9, I did not think there were many projects or techniques I hadn't tried, but I was happy to be proved wrong by Ms. Bennett, our student teacher. Beginning with a sage smudging- for the purification of the tools- Ms. Bennett walked us through the research, design, and techniques for creating our own traditional First Nations carving.

Learning the traditional shapes used in this type of art was cool- ovoids and U-shapes are the foundation; more complex patterns can use S-shaped wave and T-shaped peaks; all this was taught to us by a First Nations Elder. Soon, we were given handmade knives, and told to grip them like we going to stab the wood. The knife is held firmly by the right hand, but the left thumb- pushing- has complete control.

Needless to say, it was a steep learning curve for everybody; with many people suddenly realizing their design would be much more difficult to carve that previously anticipated. Nevertheless, everyone managed to impress themselves and each other with the final outcome: these projects, after being sanded and painted, look pretty great.

Julian Li-Brubacher

Mara  Ireta Gordon

Ryan Ye

Samantha Krystal

Tim Yang

Zoe Shi

Annie Lim

Jeremy Gong

Helen Shen

Tasha Gunning

Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Covers

Commercial Design 12  students were faced with a challenge: design a book cover for a novel of your choice. Hush Hush, Eleanor Rigby and Shadow of the Wind were some of the books that were lucky enough to get a new look.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Many Faces

By: Mara
The many faces of Mr. Long's Art 12 and Art Careers 11 students can be seen in the front hall display case. Taking inspiration from a mentor Expressionist painter, the students were given little direction, except to paint! As you can see, everyone had a different look, though one thing is constant- the quality and effort evident in these painting. Such variety and diversity in brushstrokes, colour, techniques and style means they look pretty cool when displayed side by side.

Briar MacPherson                                                     Helen Shen

 Jing Yu Wang                                                        Robert Liu

Ryan Ye                                          Iris Wu

Tim Yang                                                       Julian Li-Brubacher

Julia Tattrie                                         Samantha Krystal

Annie Lim                                                     Mara Ireta Gordon

Teyana McClean-Mio                                          Tasha Gunning

Xin Shu                                                                     Zoe Shi

Joanna Chen                              Jeremy Gong

Erica Jessen

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Identity: Zines

 Commercial Design 12 students, on a field trip to the Museum of Anthropology, were challenged to consider three words: identity, heritage amd stereotypes. Many critical discussions ensued; then, after documenting their favourite artist from the exhibit Claiming Spaces, students incorporated them, and those three words, into their personal zine.   These three zines - created by Lauren Tom, Jasmine Cambon, and Sayaka Kikuchi- are super cool.