Watercolour, acrylic, pastels, collage, papier maché, polymer clay, dioramas, aluminum engravings and even multi-media with recycling,
The students at École Emilie Tremblay (EET) have done it all and it’s currently on display in the Youth Gallery of the Yukon Arts Centre.
With everything from original pieces to art done in the style of Vincent Van Gogh, Ted Harrison and Wassily Kandinsky, the exhibit is a delightful mix of techniques by students from Kindergarten through Grade 6, created over the last year in a variety of classes and workshops.
The display officially opened on Thursday, May 5 and will run until May 28. Though the opening was very informal, it was well-attended by students, parents and many other members of the community, says Guillaume Robert, the cultural coordinator at EET.
“It was very gratifying for the students to see their art put up in a public place, right beside the big Arts Centre Gallery. We had lots of community members just come out and chat,” Robert says.
“École Emilie Tremblay tries to do an art exhibit every year, and most years before this it just took place in the school hallways, so this is much better.”
Last year was the first time the students’ art was shown in a more public venue, Robert explains. It was such a success that the school’s faculty decided to repeat the project again this year.
“The staff at the Yukon Arts Centre were very welcoming, and everyone thought it worked well and loved the formula, so we decided to do it again this year.”
The art projects in the gallery are incredibly varied and display the great care and attention put into their creation.
“The exhibit features work from the whole year. We’re all trying to get some artists into the school so the kids can try different stuff. We try to expose them to as many forms of art as possible, so we had lots of different workshops in the school.”
While there was no official exhibit theme per se, Robert explains that much of the students’ artwork is based on or inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella, The Little Prince.
Coinciding with the exhibit, a student performance of The Little Prince was scheduled to play at the Arts Centre on May 18.
“It is a huge effort that all the team has put a lot of effort into,” says Robert, referring to the teachers and staff who helped organize both the play and the art exhibit.
“All of the kids from K to 6 are involved in the play, so it should be quite something. And it’s at the YAC, so it’s something different as well; it’s a really big project.”
In fact, so much artwork was done by the students, both play-related and individually, that the school was not able to enter all of it.
Pottery, photography, digital media, batik and even dance are some of the other artistic forms that the students explored, but that unfortunately could not be exhibited due to space and time restraints.
There will, however, be a second exhibit from École Emilie Tremblay on display this spring, this time by the high school students. Most of the art they will be showing will be pieces produced during Arts camp, five days of workshops held last January.
The exhibit from students in Grades 7 through 12 will be showing from June 3 to June 29.
The Youth Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm.
For those just passing by, or looking for a little local colour, come on up to the Yukon Arts Centre and check out the vibrant and diverse displays from some of our young, up-and-coming artists.
Willow Gamberg is a former What’s Up Yukon intern who writes about music and other arts-related topics.