With the receipt of a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, High Park School Council and PAL are excited to be bringing artist Heather Shillinglaw to the school from October 6th to October 25th.
The residency will engage students in the creation of a work of art in a series of one-hour sessions over a 10 day period. Students will each create a single work of art that will be theirs to keep following the Gallery Walk on October 25th to which the parents will be invited. The Gallery Walk will also feature our launch of our HUSA project with our parents. We are planning to sell tickets for a food and beverage during the event as a fundraiser for the orphanage.
The students will experience a wide range of mixed medias and explore painting and drawing in a new light. They will cover all the art requirements on the school curriculum: color, design, line and texture. More than that, they will develop independence, individuality, self-realization, and creativity. These are all achieved as Heather guides them to produce their own painting, allowing freedom for them to explore and encouraging them to take pride in their achievement.
Heather is a Métis artist originally from Daysland, Alberta. She completed the Drawing program at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1996. She travelled extensively with her husband before returning to Edmonton where she now lives and has two girls. She has extensive experience running workshops for children and inner city programs. Her programs focus on the Métis culture and honor her great grandmother, who was a medicine woman, by making paintings of herbs and wildflowers she used to heal. Her work focuses on collage of materials such as jean, sewing patterns, leather, beads, feathers, etc. They become a language to an ancestral link to her culture.
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