2009 - 2010

 

School Projects

School: Antigonish Education Centre

Location: Antigonish

Artist: Rosalee Peppard

Project: Folk Music in the Classroom

Grade: 4

Grade 4 students learned about culture and history through folk song.  Each of the 5 classes focused on one of 5 cultures; Mi'Kmaq, Celtic, Acadian, African Canadian, or German and studied lyrics from a related folk song. Students also did art work related to their song.

ArtsSmarts artist Rosalee Peppard, a local folk singer and songwriter, worked with the students and guided them through their song studies.

Representatives from each of the cultures were invited from the community to visit with the students and participate in a folk music day.  For example: for the class studying African Canadian culture, an African dancer and drummer came in and worked with the students.

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School: Atlantic View Elementary

Location: Lawrencetown

Artists: Marijke Simons and Tracey Leal

Project: Pieces of Peace

Grade: Primary – Grade 6

The school developed a book about peace that is appropriate for each grade level, written and illustrated by students.  Students created visual art and written pieces based on peace for their books. The culmination was a peace night where family and friends had the opportunity to see the art and hear the peace books, presented by the students.

Artist and writer Tracey Leal worked with each class to create pages for their books and classroom teachers lead discussions and worked on peace-related issues with the students.   Artist Marijke Simons helped the students create artwork for their books and provided instruction around the use of various media and expressing oneself through visual arts. 

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School: Bayview Community School

Location: Mahone Bay

Artist: Reid Campbell

Project: Myth-Conception

Grade: 9

The origins of myth are found in human beings’ interpretations of the ‘unexplained’ in their world.  For Myth-Conception, students created a contemporary myth blending the technological world that surrounds us with Greek mythology. It was presented as an evening newscast with staged readings, masks and songs.

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School: Bedford Junior High School

Location: Bedford

Artist: Tara Grude

Project: Cause and Emotion

Grade: 7 – 9 (Learning and Resource Centre students)

Using a variety of reclaimed materials, students created a mural depicting several figurative forms.  These figures illustrate/personify a variety of emotions (Anger, sadness, happiness, love, excitement). Through 'Social Stories', the students discussed one emotion at a time, identifying different situations that might make us feel a particular emotion, where in our body we might feel that emotion and if we could see that emotion what might it look like. Students used a variety of materials to help them represent feelings through the senses (shiny, crumpled, rough, soft, bright or dark, spiky, materials with sound and or movement...etc.) and created the appropriate visual shape/colour/gesture within the figurative form.  Fine motor skills were developed through a variety of attaching mechanisms, depending on the students’ capability and/or consideration (push pins, velcro, glue, etc).

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School: Carleton Consolidated Elementary

Location: Carleton

Artist: Alison Stanton

Project: Knowing

Grade: Primary – Grade 6

Each month, Carleton Consolidated Elementary celebrates a different culture and country of the world.  Through Knowing, students worked with ceramic artist, Alison Stanton to create an individual ceramic dish that reflects who they are and where they come from.  Students developed an individual history and collected personal artifacts that could be used as part of their individual dishes that would reflect who they are.  Classroom teachers followed up with writing that included what their dish would tell someone in the future about them. 

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School: Chester District School

Location: Chester

Artists: Melissa Marr and Gillian Matheson Everill 

Project: Commotion

Grade: Grade 5

Commotion engaged students in animation and printmaking.  Using clay, silkscreen techniques, and creating Super 8 motion picture animation films, the students brought Egyptian Mummies to life by creating a large zoetrope complete with "moving" images!   

The students learned how images are animated and explored animation techniques, such as a praximiscope and zoetrope (two animation toys that spin), film strips, and film cameras.

The project culminated with an afternoon of animation event at the school for students and parents.

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School: John MacNeil School

Location: Dartmouth

Artist: Renee Forrestall

Project: Celebrate Diversity

Grade: Primary – Grade 6

 

Students at John MacNeil School explored and celebrated cultural diversity and accomplishment through research and the creation of a large mural that depicts 7 public figures, surrounded by images of all the students demonstrating personal accomplishments.

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School: Pictou Elementary

Location: Pictou

Artist: Carolyn Vienneau

Project: Pictou Waterfront: Maud Lewis Style

Grade: 3 - 4

Grade 3 and 4 students conducted an in-depth study of the Life of Maud Lewis, one of Nova Scotia's most famous folk artists, then compared what they learned from Maud's trials and tribulations of growing up in a small seaside town and applied it to their own surroundings. The students then combined these studies with their research of the Ship Hector and its passengers to create a “folk art” mural chronicling the story of the Ship Hector.

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School: Redcliff Middle School

Location: Pictou

Artist: Charleen O'Pray

Project: How Will We Respond?

Grade: 6

Students developed characters and created a series of rod puppets and backgrounds that were used in exploring the social and cultural issues identified by the students and the curriculum as significant. They created scripts, explored voice and drama and produced short puppet plays that were captured digitally and shared on Redcliff Live Television once a month. These videos will also available on the school website and will be shared with partnering schools.

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School: Tamarac Education centre

Location: Port Hawkesbury

Artist: Mary Beth Carty and Gabriel Ouellette (Bette & Wallet)

Project: Swing la baraque, Tamarac!    

Grade: Primary – Grade 8

Bette & Wallet guided the students through a creation workshop: after demonstrating and discussing their artistic practice, Bette & Wallet sang a traditional song chosen to 'recycle' with students. The class brainstormed themes, then wrote their own song collectively. These songs were recorded and the students designed a CD cover for their work. Students also learned how to do podorhythmie (traditional foot tapping).

To celebrate the project, the school held a CD release party, performance and square dance in the gymnasium.

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School: Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School

Location: Yarmouth

Artist: Linda Coakley

Project: Below See Level: A Theatrical response to art

Grade: 10

The students viewed the exhibition, Into The Wild at AGNS Yarmouth, then formulated distinctly dramatic responses to pieces in the exhibition and created theatre performances that were performed in the Gallery’s Community Room for the high school art class, the high school music class and for parents and the public.

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School: Whitney Pier Elementary

Location: Whitney Pier

Artist: Susan Tooke

Project: Explore Your Own Up Home

Grade:  5

* Supported in partnership with Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs

ArtsSmarts artist, Susan Tooke guided the students to create their own visual representations of what being “Up Home” in their community means to them.  The students wrote stories and painted scenes, which were exhibited at the Cape Breton centre for Craft and Design in conjunction with the AGNS travelling exhibition, Up Home.

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School: Joseph Howe Elementary School

Location: Halifax

Artist: iZrEAL Reed Jones

Project: In Our Own Words

Grade: 6

* Joint project with the Nova Scotia Department of Education African Canadian Services Division

Spoken word artist and poet, iZrEAL Reed Jones guided the students to produce stories and poems in response to their studies of Africville and their community’s culture and heritage.  These works will also be combined with Africville images created by students in 2006/07 as part of the Joseph Howe Elementary School’s ArtsSmarts project, Kamishibai Community (with ArtsSmarts artist, Melissa Marr) to produce a book that will be published by the Nova Scotia Department of Education.

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School: Shelburne High School

Location: Shelburne

Artist: Louise Delisle

Project:

Grade: 10 - 11

* Joint project with the Nova Scotia Department of Education African Canadian Services Division

Students in the African Canadian Studies 11 course worked with local artist and playwright Louise Delisle to write scripts and produce images for short, stop-motion animation films, illustrating tales of African History and African Canadian history.

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School: Bell Park Elementary

Location: Lake Echo

Artist: Marven Nelligan

Project: Panels for Peace

Grade: 4

* Joint project with the Nova Scotia Department of Education African Canadian Services Division

Visual artist Marven Nelligan worked with the grade 4 students at Bell Park Elementary to produce a series of painted mural panels depicting images associated with peace around the world.  The students also produced poems and short stories, chronicling peace-full initiatives and events, which were read by the students at the mural unveiling event.

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School: Nelson Whynder Elementary School

Location: North Preston

Project: Up Home at the Black Cultural Centre (Artists Shauntay Grant and Susan Tooke)

Students from Nelson Whynder Elementary School toured the Up Home exhibition, which was the inspiration for them to make their own “Up Home” works of art.

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School: Holy Angels High School

Organization: Sydney Boys and Girls Club

Organization: Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

Location: Sydney

Project: Up Home at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design (Artists: Shauntay Grant and Susan Tooke)

Students from Holy Angels High School, youth from the Sydney Boys and Girls Club and participants in the Centre’s March Break program toured the Up Home exhibition and participated in art making workshops.  They used painting and resist techniques to create visual illustrations reflecting their own images of what being “up home” means to them.