Students in Sue Leach’s Grade 4/5 class at Arrow Heights Elementary School enjoyed making Art in the Park last week with Parks Canada’s Alice Weber and her assistant, RSS Grade 12 student Michelle Barisoff≥
The student-oriented Art in the Park Program involves sketching and painting watercolours of natural objects in celebration of the Get to Know Contest established by famed artist Robert Bateman. This year’s theme is This is My Forest. The Canadian Wildlife Federation, Parks Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada are encouraging youth to connect with nature through the 2011 Canadian Wildlife Federation Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest. The annual contest, now in its 12th year, invites youth to get outside and “get to know” their wild neighbours and to share their experiences through art, photography, video, or writing. Youth can submit their entries at www.gettoknow.ca.
Students were introduced to three elements of art: balance, movement, and rhythm. Alice Weber and Michelle Barisoff led the students through various activities to promote awareness of colour found in nature, observation skills and paying attention to details and textures, sketching and painting techniques.
Here is a selection of photos from that lovely day spent making Art in the Park: