Friday Two Cents: Art Is Everywhere


‘The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.’ Pablo Picasso

For the past week I have been fortunate to be taking an Additional Qualification course (AQ) on Visual Arts.  I have already taken Part 1 and now I am continuing my art education with Part 2.  

In the course we are learning new techniques and art mediums to bring the world of art to the students.  I’m not talking about crafts like making Mother’s day gifts, but well thought out art that the students did.  Yes we are learning the traditional art techniques but we need to help the students think more on why they create the art.  I have had many discussions with people that we should be looking at the process of art with the students and not the final product.  This course centres on that governing principle. 

We had wonderful experiences with art this week and we have one more week to go but we were also fortunate to go on a field trip to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg.  They have wonderful art pieces that are all created my Canadian artists.  They also have a large collection of First Nations art on display as well.  We were able to have a wonderful tour that helped us explore works from the Group of Seven, First Nations art and other pieces including works from a Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis.  

After had a workshop were we would be able to create our own Art pieces in the same style of Maud Lewis.  We had about 30 minutes but I think my creation was pretty close.   Her work is considered by many as folk-art and to some it may seem simplistic.  Yet exposing her pieces to the students could encourage them to think; if she can paint these works them maybe I could too.  In the end isn’t that what art is supposed to do?  Encourage conversation and inspire others.  

I have always thought so.  

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Comic Strips: Hpy Valentine’s Day?


February the month when many search their heart to express how they feel about that someone special.  Yet in this digital world are we getting away with expressing ourselves only through a LED screen?  Do we truly know how to express ourselves without our phones?  With this in mind, it gave me plenty of material to think about for this month’s The Craziest Things.  

In many cases, people cannot live without their phones.  They call, text, surf and play endless games with it.  But has our obsession with our phones come to the point when it replaces our face-to-face interaction with others. How far with this go?  Only time will tell.  

I hope you enjoy February’s The Craziest Things: Hpy Valentine’s Day?

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Comic Strips: No Brain Work


January is the beginning of many things.  A New Year, resolutions and of course the return to the routine for many people including students.  With this in mind, it gave me plenty of material to think about for this month’s The Craziest Things.  

On many occasions I have returned to the classroom on the first day after winter break feeling like it was not long enough.  The time went by too quickly and you feel like you never had a chance to truly rest.  Well if I felt that way and I know a few other colleagues felt the same, it would stand to reason that the students would too.  In truth I have seen many students act just like the student in the comics strip. 

I won’t ruin the comic for you, I will simply let you enjoy January’s The Craziest Things: No Brain Work.

Comic Strips: Too Scary


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Last week I could not post any art inspiration because I was swamped with schoolwork. To be honest I felt bad not just because I missed a posting but I find posting art helps me to recharge and relax. Art is a big part of my life, I have found that no matter how bad the day is, art will always brighten my mode.
I am posting this month’s newsletter comic strip of, The Craziest Things centring on a Halloween theme and how inventive the students are. The wonderful thing is that I have seen something like this costume, not at this school but someplace else. Also the girl who is wearing the costume, is very politically motivated. 
The staff and students enjoyed this comic and I hope you too will enjoy The Craziest Things; Comic Strips: Too Scary.

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Art Inspiration: Poem: Be The Water


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These few days I have been with my little niece and she is a wonderful person. She is so curious and fun to be with. She just wants to spend time with me and all I have to do is just get the ball rolling with her and she can go off on wonderful adventures of imagination. I have been privileged to be able to experience them with her that she so inspired me to write a poem. I had the idea in my head for some time but she was the one that brought it out.

 

Therefore in honour of my niece inspiring me to write this poem I dedicate it to her. Thank you C.

  

Be the Water

 

When you look at a seed,

It is nothing much indeed,

Yet inside there is a chance to be more.

The potential of it to be great and soar.

 

It needs water to begin the show,

Then you can see it grow, grow, grow.

From one seed can come a rose.

To bring beauty to the world and excite your nose.

 

So when you see a person, look not at what you see,

Look at their potential, what they can be.

All they need is someone to help them begin,

Someone that can look within.

 

For like the seed that needs water to start.

They need someone to help them, who can touch their heart.

It is not difficult, it isn’t a bother,

All they need is someone, to be the water.

 

Paul Gauchi

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