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Art 2021/22 continues to be a popular option.  This year the art department will still have the opportunity to show professional art in the school, and if possible have a guest artist.  Often in the spring the Airdrie Public Library hosts the Airdrie High School Student Art Show, hopefully this year will be no different.

The Art department is hosting two travelling curated art shows, which showcase professional artists, one in November and the other March.  This opportunity is arranged through TREXSW, the Alberta foundation for the arts travelling exhibition program.

In November we welcome the exhibition Urban Soul -

Street art, urban art, graffiti – there have been many attempts over the years to categorize “the writing on the wall” and other creative interventions in urban spaces. Academics often write about this kind of art as if it is a relatively new phenomenon in the art world, it is also important not to overlook the fact that cultures around the globe have made their mark on the surfaces that surround their living spaces for millennia. “Street art” as we know it today is certainly alive, and it has been living for a very, very long time.

One can look at the Indigenous paintings found on the sheer stone cliffs of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park right here in Alberta, the ancient paintings and reliefs on the walls of Egyptian tombs and temples, or the markings on the walls of the Lascaux caves in France from as long ago as circa 15,000 BCE. With so many examples throughout history of civilizations making their mark on the environments they inhabit, we can reason that this practice is not new by any means. Of course, today’s urban environments are vastly different from these ancient civilizations, and contemporary street art reflects this. In an incredibly globalized world, the urban art of today speaks a multitude of languages and inscribes the values of varying cultures and identities.

The exhibition Urban Soul invites viewers to contemplate the living creativity that pumps vibrancy and culture into the veins of a city, a park, or anywhere that humans share space. Six artists contribute their voices and make their mark in this exhibition through various mediums – whether their art is on a skateboard, a garment, a road sign, or a large mural-like panel, they are using a visual language to express their individual identities and contribute to a continually evolving cultural conversation. The artists featured in this exhibition are Rhys Douglas Farrell, Levin Ifko, Harvey Nichol, Sydonne Warren, Adrianne Williams, and Tyler Wong.

In March 2022 Field of Vision will be featured.

Field of Vision: “The entire area that a person or animal is able to see when their eyes are fixed in one position.”

Line of Sight: “A straight line along which an observer has unobstructed vision.”

The sense of sight within both humans and animals is the result of complex interactions between light, our eyes, and our brain. We are able to observe landscapes, natural wonders, and everyday objects around us because light is reflected into our eyes, where signals are sent to our brain so we can decipher the visual information. For centuries, scientists, mathematicians, and artists alike have investigated how vision works. Historical records from as far back as the fifteenth century show dedicated efforts to understand and develop repeatable “rules” for how to recreate depth and space within a picture plane, in order to effectively simulate reality through a painting or drawing. One of the primary developments to come out of these efforts is linear perspective, which is largely credited to the Italian Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi in the year 1415.

As a result of these findings, architects and painters learned how to use the rules of linear perspective to create realistic architectural renderings, as well as how to depict landscapes and other scenery with simulated depth. These visual techniques have been passed on for centuries, and we continue to see evidence of them in landscape art today.

Featuring seventeen artworks from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts collection, the exhibition Fields of Vision, Lines of Sight highlights Alberta’s vast prairie landscapes rendered two dimensionally by twelve artists: Margareet Beekman, Ken Christopher, Hilda Davis, Dee Parsons De Wit, Primrose Diakow, Greg Jones, RFM McInnis, E. Annette Nieukerk, Stanford Perrott, John Snow, Armand Vallée, and Joan van Belkum. Each artist uses varied techniques to portray Alberta’s flat prairies, rolling hills, and long highways with rich depth and clear lines of sight.

Each of these shows will allow the students the opportunity to have a "gallery experience" in the sense that they will have exposure to see professional art.  This art will be the impetus for an in-class project.  Other themes, beyond landscapes, and urban art,  will be text art, responding to music, creating in the syle of Alex Janvier, scratchboard, Surrealism, cardboard art, and more.  Really the possibitlites are endless.

There is so much to explore in the world of art and it's all so wonderful.


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