Kelsey art students make an about face
Frances Kelsey Secondary has launched a new arts show to further display the talents of its students.
The school has teamed up with the Whiskey Point Grill in Mill Bay and a variety of paintings and artwork can now be found inside the restaurant for customer viewing.
“It’s a new venue for us and we’ve come into this restaurant as a continuing show,” said Kelsey arts teacher Mark Jackson. “We’re going to flip this show every three or four months with our own work.”
The students involved with the show are involved with the school’s visual arts program and enrolled in different programs as part of that.
“Their work comes from a variety of different mediums and all sorts of visual explorations,” said Jackson.
“Our school is very, very strong in visual arts. We have strong dance, theatre, music and visual arts with full classes. We have waiting lists for most of those classes so it’s a very strong part of our school.”
Jackson confirmed the works of art on display at the Whiskey Point Grill took a month to produce.
Avy Latham, 17, a Grade 12 student, described the production process.
“For starters, you have to find a picture that shows lots of different lights and darks, especially for this particular project,” she said. “Then you have to make the size change from a small picture to a large canvas size and then you have to choose what you’re going to paint first.
“Usually you start off with the dark and add the light after and it’s all about texturing and blending a lot of the different shadows.”
Latham went on to say Kelsey teachers normally implement a strict set of guidelines for each project in order to show ability with different mediums.
“Everyone who is in the arts room is passionate about it and you always have a lot of fun with it. Sometimes it can be stressful if something isn’t working out the way you want it to, but in the end, overall, it’s a good experience.
“Usually (if something isn’t working out) you just take a step back, look at it and maybe take a break if you need to. If you’re just not liking it at all, you can restart, but most of the time it’s just about taking a step back and seeing what you can do to improve or what you can do to make it better.”
Jackson expressed his gratitude to the Whiskey Point Grill for the opportunity to display his students’ work and said “the restaurant is doing a great job of reaching out to the community.”
The students who have work on display with the arts show are: Latham, Sadie Teufel, Delphine Mence, Amea Douglass, Georgia Hicke, Eva Rhone, Wynter Marshall, Noly Mcllelan, Brandon Walsh, Emily Herriott, Samantha Ellis, Jared Cotton, Hanna Heyes, Shelbie Cromwell, Corinna Maier, Elisha DeGroot, Jaylynn Weston, Emma Aichelberger and Agnes Esser.