Secondary Art Show an impressive attack on the senses
By Jason Misner
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, HDSB STAFF
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Gary Allan High School student Anthony Stasiuk toured the works of art at the New Street Education Centre on Wednesday and was blown away by what the Halton District School Board’s secondary students created.
So much so that it really made him think about our place in the world “and how we can change to make the world better.”
Parents, students and the community were privy this week to a full-blown attack on the senses, as the board’s 5th annual secondary school art exhibit, entitled Visual Voices, took center stage in the gym of the education center. It wrapped up Friday at noon.
An opening reception for the Visual Voices was held on Monday to properly ring in the exhibit. There were shows Tuesday to Thursday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Friday between 8 a.m. and noon.
Hundreds of pieces of student artwork were on display. Created by Grade 9-12 students from schools across the Halton District School Board, the works of art incorporated painting, sketching, sculpture, photography, mixed media and other impressive styles.
The works certainly left an impression on those who ventured to the New Street building to take in the various mediums.
Grade 12 Nelson High School student Melissa Altundag was happy she came by to see the art. She’s interested in art history and plans to continue that interest at the University of Toronto.
She was really impressed by her fellow student’s abilities.
“I’m amazed people my age can do this,” the 18 year old said as she surveyed the many walls of art.
Altundag especially loves how art can be so expressive
“Everyone can do what they want with it.”
Kat Browne got up close and personal with the art this year.
The Grade 12 Nelson High School student was the subject in her friend’s medium art choice, photography. She posed for a recreation of a popular photo.
“It’s fulfilling,” Browne said of being exposed to art.
Grade 8 Pine Grove students Leah and Carly loved the exhibit.
“It’s nice to see all the different art and different media,” said Leah.
Carly said: “Some of the stuff, I’ve never seen that kind of art before.”
Halton educators were very pleased with this year’s contributions.
”The 5th annual Halton Secondary Art Show has been a huge success this year. We had a large amount of art displayed from every high school in Halton for five days at the New Street Education Centre in Burlington,” said Mary Stevenson-Baratto, Instructional Coordinator for the Arts for Halton District School Board. “The quality and variety of the art from our students is outstanding. The creativity, skills, and critical thinking displayed in this show were truly amazing.
“Halton is very lucky to have teachers that can get this quality of work out of our students”.