Penticton students have provided a window into their world and that which is of interest and concern to them in the latest exhibit at the Penticton Art Gallery.
Art-I-Facts features the work of artists from Penticton Secondary School, Princess Margaret Secondary School and Summerland Secondary School and runs until June 15.
Students from Penticton Secondary School present a variety of projects that will showcase what Grades 9 through 12 have been working on this year. They submitted multi-media pieces, sculptures, and drawing.
At Princess Margaret Secondary School, all students were asked to create small clay skulls as an introductory project for this year’s clay unit. Work from some recent drypoint etchings created by the Grades 11 and 12 students is also included in the exhibition. This project asked that the students create an image personal to them by using x-ray sheets and sharpened nails in which to create the incised lines on the x-ray. The final prints explored the subtle printing techniques used to reach the desired contrast of dark and light within the image.
“I have always tried to impress upon my students the importance of recognizing that creating art should be more about the journey than the final product. That said, I also think that one of things I have always enjoyed about creating art is the sense of pride I feel when I look upon the things I have created,” said Brad Gibson, art instructor at Princess Margaret Secondary School.
Summerland Secondary School students created a collection of works that their teacher Donna Cowles said they should be proud of. Both junior and senior classes took a trip down memory lane focusing on subjects that have significant meaning to them. Candy, food, jewelry, toys, nature, music, icons and many more subjects were brought to life with vivid colour, graphic shape, surface, contrast and delicate detail.
“On behalf of the students and our community I would like to thank all our regions teachers for helping inspire, guide and educate our youth as they are our future,” said Cowles. “It’s amazing the importance and impact one teacher can have on a student and how this can direct ones future is not a matter to be taken lightly as our future depends and relies upon it.”