April 26, 2011
45 student artists from Mount Pleasant Elementary School visited ArtStarts for the opening celebration of Grow, an exhibition that features artwork that they, along with students from across BC, created in collaboration with professional artists. The work was inspired by their interactions with nature and discussions around sustainability.
Students got the chance to revisit some of the work that they themselves created with artists in residence at their school. The work they created called Pathway to Sustainability, was a school-wide project that encouraged students to go outside and explore their local surroundings, deepening their connection to the environment.
Inspired by their ongoing explorations of nature, ecosystems, found materials, shapes and patterns, the students created a collection of books and a quilt that are now hanging on the walls at ArtStarts.
The students also had the chance to learn more about some of the other work on display, as exhibition curator Katie Varney, spoke about the other work in the gallery which was created by students in Victoria, Chemainus, Salt Spring Island, Bowen Island and New Westminster.
When the tour was over, juice and snacks were served in the multipurpose room and the students had the chance to get creative with some fun drawing activities.
A big thank you to the students and teachers at Mount Pleasant Elementary School for being a part of, and helping us celebrate this wonderful exhibition!
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