Artwork by Gallery Artists and Local Students
Young artists in the Gallery! In addition to works by Gallery artists, January will see some engaging artwork by local students. In November gallery manager Lisa MacLean did two workshops on Modern Art with grade 4-9 students at Freedom Thinkers Education, a local independent school in Baldonnel. The students worked together very hard and enjoyed their experience of doing so with a different perspective and appreciation. On display are the results of their collaboration on the Exquisite Corpse: A Surrealist Game for 3 Persons.
Exquisite Corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each person adds to a picture in sequence, by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed. The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game, “The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.” In our version of the game portions of a person were drawn by three different participants successively, without being able to see what had been done before. The first person drew the figure’s head on the top third of the paper then folded the paper down, leaving only the lines of the neck visible. The second person drew the torso, beginning with the neck lines of the first drawing, folding down the paper so that only the bottom lines of the torso were visible. The third and final person completed the body. For best results, the students were instructed to draw boldly – the weirder the better! Collage elements were added to the drawings later.
In addition, colourful acrylic and water colour paintings inspired by American “Surf” artist Drew Brophy produced by grade 8 and 9 students will be on display.
Rube Goldberg Machines
On January 18, School District #60 gifted students will be building their versions of the very humorous Rube Goldberg Machines in the gallery and adjoining Multipurpose Room. These devices are named after the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg who depicted wacky, convoluted inventions to perform simple and mundane tasks in his cartoons. (Think about the old game Mouse Trap.) Designing and building the machines helps teach aspects of physics and the use of simple machines. The students will be going through a variety of exercises to learn the basics before building their contraptions. They will then plan, test and construct their machines at Peace Gallery North in the North Peace Cultural Centre. The resulting Rube Goldberg Machines will be on display in the art gallery for three days from Jan 18-20, 2018.