The Gazette features 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.
While students continue to learn from home, art students from three of St. Albert's high schools are contributing to with.draw.all, which will be posted to the Gazette’s website every second Thursday.
Artist: Eleanor Bordian
Medium: Chalk pastels
Artist statement: "Our challenge was drawing our favourite character in chalk pastels. Portraits can be drawn in so many mediums and I really enjoy drawing and painting them."
Artist: Shannon Ruddy
Artist statement: "I decided to express a few things that I care about into a photo."
Artist: Aislinn Libich
Artist statement: "The weekly challenge was to choose a household item and incorporate it into my artwork. I chose a binder clip and incorporated it into the body of a dragonfly. I then completed the rest of my drawing with four complimentary colours to complete my drawing."
Artist: Jayda Gardner
Artist statement: "I've never thought to draw the insides of my fridge before. The different shapes and shadows the items in my fridge created piqued my interest and so I focused on a few items. I really enjoyed this challenge."
Artist: Chantal Lafraniere
Title: Starry High Tops
Medium: Coloured scrapbooking paper and magazines
Artist statement: "It was a lot of fun creating this collage by finding cool textures from magazines and piecing them together to create an image. I also tried to use some darker and lighter textures to add light and shadows to give the collage more dimensions. Art has been helping me during COVID time by encouraging creativity, and fun hobbies to pursue during this pandemic."
Artist: Avery Witter
Medium: Letters cut into squares from an old fashion magazine
Artist statement: "During this pandemic, art has helped me a lot. It helps me cure my boredom, which not even the television can do anymore. It also helps me to relieve stress and forget about what is happening in the world for just a few moments. I find myself being way less productive during this pandemic so art is one of those things that makes me feel productive and helps me start my day on a productive path. I aim to start my mornings by doing any type of art. It helps me get into the right mind space and also helps me set a bit of a routine."
Artist: Cierra Santiago
Title: Dear COVID-19
Medium: Magazine cutouts
Artist statement: "The process of this piece was very simple yet revealed my creativity and true emotion. I decided to create my piece about COVID-19 because there is not a day that passes without thinking or even being reminded of this awful pandemic. Although my piece is very simple, the meaning varies and is understandable to many. "I miss the normal life" is clearly referring to my life before this pandemic. I often think about how my high school experience is not how I imagined and how our graduation, the day I have been waiting for almost all my life, is being taken away and replaced with something not even close to what I envisioned. This pandemic has been an unexpected journey full of emotion and has impacted my life drastically but also has helped me explore my abilities and skills. I am very thankful for all parents and teachers supporting their children and students during this time and trying their hardest to make sure our school experience is as best as it can be.
Personally creating art during this pandemic has been a complete escape for me and has helped my creativity develop even more. Quarantine has helped me create pieces that I didn't even know I was capable of doing. When creating art my mind is placed somewhere else, where I forget all my problems and all the negatives of this pandemic. Although COVID-19 has ruined many opportunities for individuals there are still positives during this pandemic. Despite all the negatives of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has really helped me appreciate and enjoy my art skills to another level.
Artist: Lee Anderson
Medium: Pencil and marker
Artist statement: "It has been a busy time for me but I always find time to explore my characters."
Artist: Dax Ziesel
Artist statement: "This challenge was to draw a face pressed up against glass. The portrait became more about the shadow and light and less about getting a likeness."