Grasslands Public School Division is proud of it's many talented young artists.
In an effort to highlight some of their achievements, we will be recognizing one individual each month who possess exceptional artistic abilities and attitude.
Featured Artist: Trey
Trey is a grade 5 student from Uplands Elementary who possess natural artistic ability. He was nominated by his teacher, Miss Van Herk, “because of his love for art that resonates with anyone who observes his work. Trey goes above and beyond when completing works of art. Trey has the creativity ability to use his imagination to create masterpieces.”
Mostly self-taught, Trey first discovered his aptitude for art in the first grade. His preferred medium is pencil, although he enjoys experimenting with others such as: watercolors, pastels, colored pencils, etc. Much of his art is inspired by nature, birds and animals, and other artists. He enjoys re-creating images he sees and constructing original designs.
When creating art in the classroom, Trey easily becomes a source of inspiration to those around him. He has even taught his class an art project! Trey finds that he never gets bored when he is making art. It is a fun activity for him, where he can create decorative pieces for others to enjoy. Trey plans to continue to pursue art as a hobby in the future, and has even considered the possibility of teaching art.
Artist’s Quote: “Everybody can make an amazing piece of art if you keep trying and stick with it. Never give up.”
Here are a few original artworks by Trey :
Featured Artist: Vanessa
Vanessa is a grade 8 student at Alcoma School. She was nominated by her teacher and principal, Mrs. Skriver, because, “she shows such promise within her efforts as an artist. Her creativity has shone through in a number of different art forms, from clay art and her pastel drawings. Vanessa also has shown true artistic talent by teaching herself a variety of works. I am excited to see her other creations in the future!”
Her main body of work consists of stunning acrylic paintings on canvas and skilled pencil sketches. Vanessa’s art is very realistic and showcase her highly developed sense of color, composition and attention to detail. Much of her inspiration comes from nature, as the majority of her work features stunning scenery and animals. She also creates beautiful still life sketches and paintings of wagon wheels, candles, etc.
Although largely self-motivated, Vanessa is also encouraged to explore her artistic talents by family and friends. She finds the creation process to be calming, a way to take the focus off of any negative thoughts or experiences. Her art is heavily influenced by her emotions. She expresses mood through her use of color.
Vanessa loves the feelings of pride and satisfaction that comes when a piece of art is finished. The positive feedback is motivation for her to continue to develop and grow her abilities. At this point, Vanessa is planning to possibly pursue a future career in the healthcare/medical field, and will continue to pursue art as a hobby.
Artist’s Quote: “When you first start, it’s never perfect. Art is a skill that grows over time.”
Here are a few original artworks by Vanessa:
Featured Artist: Erin
Erin is a talented grade 12 student at Bassano School. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Follis, because, “of the delicate realism that she incorporates into her art. Her colour work is soft and harmonious, and the details she adds brings the viewer into the piece.”
Erin enjoys experimenting with different mediums. Her portfolio consists of a variety of pieces ranging from highly contrasted acrylics and inks, to soft, subtle watercolors. The watercolors particularly stand out due to Erin’s mastery of color blending and creating natural transitions that give her work a strong sense of realism.
Her artistic endeavors have been largely self-motivated, but also influenced and encouraged by her teachers and family. She is currently completing her art class through correspondence, which takes an immense amount of discipline and personal motivation. Ering plans continue with art as a hobby in the future, as she finds is relaxing and rewarding.
Artist’s Quote: “Put down on paper everything that you feel - and express the images you image in your head.”
Here are a few original artworks by Erin:
Featured Artist: Tatianna
Tatianna is a grade 12 student at Bassano School. She was nominated by her art teacher, Mrs. Follis, because, “of her passion for art. She is always experimenting with new techniques and pushing herself to learn more. Her work is very personally relevant, and I love to see what new ideas she comes up with.”
Art is a means of communication for Tatianna. Through her work, she is able to illustrate her perspective and emotions more clearly than through the spoken word. Creating is also an outlet for her to vent her frustrations and embrace new challenges.
Artistic talent runs in her family, as Tatianna is inspired by her father’s work. She also finds support and encouragement through her close friends and family. She is best known for her use of bold colors and contrasts to create personally meaningful finished pieces.
Tat plans to continue with art as hobby, and as a means of extra income. Some of her work is currently available for purchase at The Shoppe in Bassano.
Artist’s Quote: “There is math in art; proportion is VERY important.”
Here are a few original artworks by Tatianna:
Featured Artist: Tori
Tori is a grade 12 student attending Rosemary School. She was nominated by her art teacher, Mrs.Virovec because “not to nominate her would be a huge disservice to her artistic talents. I have taught for many years, and few students have impressed me this much.”
Mostly self-taught, Tori first discovered her aptitude for art in elementary. Tori’s parents and her cousin have helped promote her development as an artist. Her cousin, who is also artistically inclined and a source of inspiration, offers both words of encouragement and the occasional tip. Meanwhile, her parents often get excited when they see Tori sit down to draw, as they cannot wait to see what she will create next.
Mainly working in graphite, her drawings are highly realistic, demonstrate a close attention to detail, and a smooth handling of the medium. Since she loves being surrounded by nature, her artwork mostly features birds and flowers but also celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, The Beetles, and Chris Martin from Coldplay.
Recently, Tori has begun branching out into acrylic painting and soon hopes to try her hand at watercolour, oil paint, and abstraction. Although she intends to pursue a career in the medical field, Tori hopes to continue creating her art as a hobby - and maybe even sell some of it in the future.
Artist Quote: “No one starts out perfect, so you shouldn’t hold back. Continue doing what you love as long as you enjoy it.”
Here are a few original artworks by Tori:
Featured Artist: Brittany
Brittany is a grade 12 student at Bassano School. She was nominated by her art teacher, Mrs. Follis, because “of her sophistication in her artwork. Her art is edgy and bold, and the texture that she incorporates into her pieces is fascinating to experience.”
Her portfolio consists of a variety of pieces, showcasing many acrylic and watercolor paintings, multimedia compositions, and masterful pencil sketches. She enjoys creating silhouettes and scenery, such as the hills and sun. Much of Brittany’s art conveys a deeper message regarding relevant societal issues, while other pieces beautifully display her rich cultural heritage. Brittany possesses a natural aptitude for art and radiates a calm, creative energy.
Art is the one class Brittany looks forward to in school everyday. She finds the creation process to be calming and compares it to becoming “lost in a good book.”
Her future plans include continuing to pursue art as a hobby, and getting an education in the field of psychology to become a youth counselor.
Artist’s Quote: “Art can be anything. Art is not perfect.”
Here are a few original artworks by Brittany:
Featured Artist: Maia
Maia is a grade 2 student at Uplands Elementary School. She was nominated by Mrs. Buteau because of her enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and creativity. Her natural talent makes her an easy source of inspiration to those around her, both in school and at Red Roof Studio.
Maia has an impressive body of work that ranges from clay sculptures to vibrant acrylic paintings. She isn’t afraid to try new things, and has found success using a variety of mediums. Her work is quite distinctive due to the bright, vivid color palette she uses that radiates youthful exuberance.
Maia finds the creation process calming and enjoyable. Much of her inspiration comes from nature. She boasts a well-developed sense of color and shape. Although quite self-motivated, she has been encouraged to explore her artistic abilities by teachers and family members. Maia plans to continue pursuing art in the future!
Artist’s Quote: “Keep on trying to make it nice. Don’t give up.”
Here are a few original artworks by Maia:
Featured Artist: Londyn
Londyn is a grade 3 student at Griffin Park School. She was nominated by Mrs. Decker and Mrs. Olson because, “she seems to have a natural inspiration that comes from within when she is creating art. She is not afraid to experiment with different media and express her individuality through unique compositions. She is a quiet young lady, but her art expresses volumes about her vivid imagination. The best part is seeing Londyn smiling with pride when sharing her work.”
Londyn likes to experiment with multiple mediums, and finds inspiration from nature. Her collection of artwork is quite varied, ranging from stunning pencil drawings to unique mixed-media compositions. Many of her ideas are original, coming from her imagination. Once she has an image in her mind, she starts creating. The finished product illustrates her highly developed sense of color and composition.
Although largely self-motivated, Londyn has been encouraged to explore her artistic talents by family and teachers. She finds the creation process to be fun, and it makes her happy to see her accomplishments.
Artist’s Quote: “No matter what, it will always be pretty.”
Here are a few original artworks by Londyn:
Featured Artist: Sam
Sam is a grade 11 student from BCHS. She was nominated by Ms. Murphy because, “she is a clever, kind, and talented young artist, who is wise beyond her years and passionate about her artistic endeavors.”
Sam is a self-taught artist. In 7th grade, when she was bored, she began sketching and designing. Her first memorable piece was a drawing of rose tattoo. Her inspiration comes from life experiences and close friends. Her art teacher, Mrs. Carmichael, has also been a positive influence by providing her with direction and constructive feedback.
Sam is best known for her unique and thought-provoking acrylic paintings that feature people with symbolic images in place of facial features. She draws inspiration from Surrealist artwork which features unnatural juxtapositions and combinations of objects that produce dream-like images. When working in class, Sam freely becomes a source of inspiration for those around her.
Art helps Sam to relax and destress, as well as acts as an outlet to express herself artistically. She plans to continue to pursue art as a hobby in the future, on her way to becoming a medical examiner.
Artist’s Quote: “Don’t copy others, branch out, experiment and find your own unique style.”
Here are a few original artworks by Sam:
Sophie & Rylee
Best friends and artists, Sophie and Rylee, are grade 5 students at Uplands Elementary School. Both girls possess the passion, patience, and perseverance it takes to be an artist. They were nominated by their teacher, Miss Van Herk, because, “they both have a love for art that resonates with anyone who observes their work. Both girls go above and beyond when completing works of art. The girls have the creativity ability to use their imagination to create masterpieces.”
Sophie loves to sketch, and to paint brilliant sunsets with watercolors, whereas Rylee prefers using acrylic paints to create stunning silhouettes. The girls enjoy experimenting with different mediums as well, such as oil and chalk pastels.
Their artistic endeavours are strongly encouraged by family, friends and teachers. They are also fortunate enough to each have a close family member who acts as their artistic muse. Sophie’s Auntie acts as her role model, and Rylee looks to her older sister for inspiration.
The girls find the creation process to be relaxing and love being able to display their finished product for others to enjoy.
“Practice and have fun!” - Rylee
“Do it if you enjoy it!” - Sophie
Here are a few original artworks by Rylee:
Here are a few original artworks by Sophie:
Featured Artist: Isabelle
Isabelle is a grade 3 student at Eastbrook Elementary School who possess a natural proclivity for art . She was nominated by Mrs. Burchell because, “she is a very creative and artistic young lady. She is always thinking of her next project, big or small, and loves to work with many different mediums. You can often find her quietly working on a new creation in her spare time. Thankfully, Isabelle is also very kind and generous with her talent and loves to gift her beautiful artwork to make the world a more beautiful place!”
Her preferred medium is watercolor paint, as it is very versatile and allows her to easily create a variety of shades of color. Watercolors expand on the page and have a lot of creative potential. Izzy also enjoys experimenting with other media such as: acrylic paint, oil & chalk pastel, and pencil crayon. Her body of art is composed of many colorful pieces in a variety of mediums, and feature various animal and nature themes.
Izzy has been encouraged to explore her artistic talents by family, friends and teachers. Her grandmother has also been a huge source of inspiration for her, with her beautifully painted cards and bookmarks. Isabelle occasionally attends art classes at Red Roof Studio where she is able to experiment with new techniques and learn from fellow artists. Creating art makes her feel happy and relaxed.
When she isn’t busy creating, you can find Isabelle skating at the arena. She plans to continue her pursuit of fine arts in the future.
Artist's Quote: "It doesn't matter what it looks like; it's just about having fun."
Here are a few original artworks by Isabelle: