Green­tree artists cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Young artists have found an ex­cit­ing way to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of Canada.

Many in the com­mu­nity may have no­ticed art in­stal­la­tions through­out the com­mu­nity. Th­ese are works of Green­tree school stu­dents who have been busy ap­ply­ing skills and learn­ing about Cana­dian art.

Art teacher at Green­tree School, Re­gan Bur­field, ex­plains she was plan­ning a les­son for her Grade 6 stu­dents in­spired by Cana­dian artists, but then opened the project up to the whole school.

“We have art in­spired by Ted Har­ri­son, Emily Carr, Lawren Har­ris, Tom Thomp­son and Maud Lewis,” she said. “My orig­i­nal idea was to have 150 pieces of art to dis­play, but as art projects started com­ing in, I re­al­ized I couldn’t limit the num­ber of projects we dis­played be­cause ev­ery­thing I was get­ting was so fan­tas­tic. I wanted peo­ple in and around Drumheller to see what tal­ented stu­dents we have, and that is where the idea of dis­play­ing the art around town came into play.

She didn’t board.

“We have won­der­ful busi­nesses here in Drumheller that were so sup­port­ive of the idea, and I love the idea of peo­ple get­ting ex­cited about vis­it­ing dif­fer­ent places in our com­mu­nity to see what the stu­dents have been work­ing on. I hope that peo­ple will sup­port th­ese local busi­nesses that have sup­ported Green­tree stu­dents,” she said. said the com­mu­nity hes­i­tate to jump on

It has been a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents.

“The ele­men­tary art cur­ricu­lum puts an em­pha­sis on the act of cre­ation, the idea that whether they are in Kin­der­garten or Grade 6, ev­ery child is an artist, and ev­ery piece of art has a story to tell. I wanted to make the art of well-known Cana­dian artists ac­ces­si­ble to the stu­dents, as well as peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Art is be­ing dis­played at Fre­son Bros, Bos­ton Pizza, Shop­pers Drug Mart, Ivy’s Awe­some Kitchen & Bistro, 3rd Av­enue Arts, Bad­lands Art Gallery, Drumheller Pub­lic Li­brary, Bold Efexx and CC’s Closet. It will re­main up for the month of May, and some busi­nesses may choose to dis­play it through June as well.

She ex­plains they have launched an art gallery scav- en­ger hunt for stu­dents.

“The idea is to have kids and their fam­i­lies get­ting out to­gether around Drumheller to see the art, to learn a lit­tle about Cana­dian artists, and to (hope­fully) pop into a store or restau­rant they haven’t been to in awhile and see what our town has to of­fer. If the stu­dents com­plete their bal­lot, they can bring it back to the school to be en­tered into a draw for one of three “Din­ner and a Movie” prize packs, spon­sored by Wa­ter Pure & Sim­ple and Bos­ton Pizza.”

Ga­van Cas­sidy (Grade 5), left, with his art in­spired by Lawren Har­ris with teacher Re­gan Bur­field. Above, one of the win­dow dis­plays at CC’s Closet in down­town Drumheller.

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