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Art from isolation: the first instalment of with.draw.all

The Gazette will feature art created by local high school students twice per month as part of with.draw.all, a project championed by art teachers at Bellerose Composite High School, Paul Kane High School and St. Albert Catholic High School.
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Mid-April is usually the time when high school art students would be putting the finishing touches on their works to go in the annual High Energy exhibit at the Art Gallery of St. Albert. This year, however, they are also creating works to be featured online with a challenge called with.draw.all that will be posted to the Gazette’s website twice a month, starting Thursday this week.

The with.draw.all project is separate from High Energy, which will still be happening in some form this year.


1604 R J SmithArtist: R J Smith
Grade 11, SACHS
Medium: Mixed Media
Sketchbook challenge: Things found under your bed
Artist statement: "By using a few different materials and mediums I have available in my home, I wanted to show that creativity and colour leaks out of all of us. Even while we are stuck at home during this pandemic."


1604 Tiffany NguyenArtist: Tiffany Nguyen
Grade 10, SACHS
Medium: Watercolour and Pen
Sketchbook challenge: Things found under your bed
Artist statement: "During these stressful times, I wanted to play around with the idea of living dust bunnies to lighten my mood. I barely ever dabble in painting, so I forced myself to experiment with old pans of cheap watercolour (I thought the softness would look nice with the concept) and whatever else I could find on my desk. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone."


1604 Chantal LafreniereArtist: Chantal Lafreniere
Grade 10, SACHS
Medium: Pencil Crayon
Sketchbook challenge: Illustrate something from a story
Artist statement: It's a visual response to her favourite novel: Strange the Dream (note provided by teacher Teresa Wallsten).


1604 Ashley JohnsonArtist: Ashley Johnson
Grade 12, Bellerose Composite High School
Medium: Watercolour
Artist statement: "I started to really look at the things in my house in a way that I never had before."


1604 Trista EdmondArtist: Trista Edmond
Grade 11, Bellerose Composite High School
Medium: Marker
Sketchbook challenge: A response to isolation
Artist statement: "Exploring new techniques of drawing."


1604 Mia BrownArtist: Mia Brown
Grade 11, Bellerose Composite High School
Medium: Pencil
Sketchbook challenge: A response to isolation
Artist statement: "What could be under my bed?"


1604 Anthony OnyschukArtist: Anthony Onyschuk
Grade 11, Paul Kane High School
Medium: Digital Art
Sketchbook challenge: Things found under your bed
Artist statement: "Well, the prompt was "what's under your bed" and my immediate thought was, ya know, a monster. I also have a cat and thought it would pretty cute to have that monster not be as scary or as mean as one would expect it to be. Thus, shadowy monster playing with a cat under a bed."


1604 Erica HrychaArtist: Erica Hycha
Grade 11, Paul Kane High School
Medium: Sculpture
Sketchbook challenge: Illustrate something from a story
Artist statement: "The prompt made me think of when I was young, and really enjoyed fairy tales, especially those with princesses. I wanted to be one so badly, so naturally the princess and the pea was a great story, with a lot of nostalgia for me."


1504 Katelyn MarshArtist: Katelyn Marsh
Grade 12, Paul Kane High School
Medium: Markers
Sketchbook challenge: A response to isolation
Artist statement: "I don't really know how to describe it. I just drew something that might be under my bed (like skeletons) and feelings after having a bad dream, Also, some things I dreamt about."



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