Visual Art 10 students researched topics of interest regarding the environment. Choices included, but were not limited to: (a) Glyphosate and its impact (or lack of impact) on humans, (b) Healing plant species - Indigenous knowledge and pharmaceutical industries, (c) Forests, the logging industry, and global warming.
Students created makeshift microscopes by attaching macro lenses to their phones (they used sticky-tack) and zoomed in on their subject of choice to create an abstract painting of a plant species. Overtop of the abstract they painted a realistic object/scene to convey a message about the connection between humans and plants. Seeds were then physically embedded into the artwork (this project was inspired by Ruth Cuthand's "Trading Series" artworks where beads are attached and Naomi Gerrard's mixed media seed paintings).
My grade 11 students spent a week in December designing model toys using TinkerCAD software and the 3D printer. Some students took to the process fluidly and created much more complex sculptures than I dreamed possible for a first time project in the new medium. Each toy took about an hour to print, and then students painted them in acrylic to complete their designs.
Visual art 30 students have been busy creating a mural that will be installed on the side of the Route 11 building. The task was to feature some of Warman's historic roots, and students spent a lot of time researching and discussing what to include and how to compose the mural. I think it's important that students included both Euro-Canadian and Indigenous roots in the mural - thanks to Ray Keighley and Lyndon Linklater for their ideas and insights regarding honouring Indigenous histories. A few more days and I think students will be nearing completion of the mural. I am so proud of how they have all collaborated together on this project - I think they've done an amazing job.
Sarah Gerrard teaches Visual Arts 9-12 at Warman High School. She recently received a grant from the Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation to infuse her courses with STEAM.