Throughout October, the Grade 7 art classes at St. Michael Catholic Elementary School in Niagara-on-the-Lake have been learning about Canadian Artists. Each student then chose from one of the following great artists: Ted Harrison, Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, William Kurelek, Norvel Morriseau, and Emily Carr. They each created a work “inspired” by the artist. When they were finished, the students had over 45 pieces of beautifully created artwork sitting on the shelves in their classroom, waiting to be displayed.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library has a gallery which features a different local artist every month. Grade 7 student Bethany Pöltl asked about using this space and was pleased to be told that the St. Michael Canadian Artist Inspiration paintings could be featured for the entire month of November in this community gallery. She and two friends set up the space in preparation for the gallery opening on November 1.
The “Canadian Artists Inspirations” gallery was opened that day, and features the works of 48 Grade 7 students. Many students, parents and community members attended the opening, as well as Director of Education John Crocco, St. Michael Principal Blaine, MacDougall and art teacher Heidi Pöltl. Students provided tours and discussed the art work with the public.
The exhibit runs throughout November, and all artwork is for sale. On opening day, the students sold eight paintings, raising $100 for its initiative to build a school in Africa through the Me to We Club.