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Students explore art themes in Re/LAUNCH/ing, vol. 5

Each month, will be displaying an online gallery of art created by high school students. These are January's submissions.
Emma Kluttig
"untitled", by Emma Kluttig (Grade 12), ink. Scroll down to read what Emma and other artists have to say about their work.

With school back in session, a new collaborative art project has been launched.

Re/LAUNCH/ing is aimed at hitting the same high notes that its predecessor with.draw.all did, but with the added emphasis on the intrinsic value of art to the artist.

Each month, will be displaying an online gallery of art created by high school students. January'srendition features 12 creations from students at Paul Kane, Bellerose and St. Albert Catholic High.

NadiaBaxandallArtist: Nadia Baxandall
Grade 11
Acrylic paint and glitter
Artist's Statement: "A still life in calming green and white tones meant to portray tranquility and the simple beauty found in the everyday."

MeaghanRoganArtist: Meaghan Rogan
Grade 12
Paper collage
Title: Blown Away
Artist's Statement: "Live your life to the fullest and don't take yourself too seriously."

Emmerson FAHL (1)Artist: Emmerson Fahl
Grade 11
Paper collage
Artist's Statement: "The fear of losing individuality due to beauty standards."

Megan LaucknerArtist: Megan Lauckner
Grade 12
Title: It will get better
Artist's Statement: "Anxiety/depression is a serious struggle that many people deal with every day, many have brought this subject up to others but end up getting shut down because of how it is thought about in society. Anxiety/depression is not a bad thing and needs more recognition, this piece brings to light the struggles that people face and show that we all survive our battles and don't need to hide what goes on."

Audrey BoucherArtist: Audrey Boucher
Grade 10
Mixed media
Title: Self Portrait
Artist's Statement: "Art is an excellent way to express ourselves and it is through this art piece (self-portrait) that I was able to express my passion and creativity."

Kristen WindoverArtist: Kristin Windover
Grade 12
Mixed media
Title: Anxiety
Artist's Statement: "I wanted this art piece to show what people think some illnesses look like to them. I wanted to make social-anxiety / anxiety the key part to this piece. For me, that was putting pictures of eyes all around the border."

Alexa GuptaArtist: Alexa Gupta
Grade 11
Title: Infinity and Beyond
Artist's Statement: "I loved working on this watercolour piece. The amount of intricate detail challenged me to look for every small characteristic within the microscopic image. It helped me improve overall as an artist!"

AbbyThompsonArtist: Abby Thompson
Grade 10
Watercolour and acrylic paint
Artist's Statement: "A still life of my favourite things."

Joshua DeWittArtist: Joshua DeWitt
Grade 12
Pigment pen
Title: Forgotten Stop
Artist's Statement: "I chose a pigment pen for my medium to further emphasize the feeling of dullness and lack of vibrance in our lives. The choice to have no colour also adds to this piece. The man represents humanity as a whole, sitting at a place that used to be full of people and character, now he sits there alone as the world passes on."

Monico Vulic2Artist: Monaco Vulic
Grade 12
Watercolour and pigment pen
Title: Alter Egos
Artist's Statement: "In this time where we all have to wear masks for the safety of ourselves and others, my first thought while placing one on my own face was: "I'm either going to save some civilians or rob a bank." Who are you under the mask?"

Noah DayArtist: Noah Day
Grade 10
Title: Mr. Punyi
Artist's Statement: "This piece was created in a style that I love drawing in, which is a cross between comic book illustration and reality. I especially love this style of art because of the need to control the bright contrast of light and dark areas on the page, which requires much detail. Though this project was merely supposed to be a quick assignment, and is by no means "polished", it was still a fun illustration to create, and has some unique personality compared to other styles of art."

Emma KluttigArtist: Emma Kluttig
Grade 12
Title: untitled
Artist's Statement: "My exploration of wrinkles with ink wash."