By Daylen Luchsinger, District Vice Principal, Arts Education
This year, students from the Artists for Kids (AFK) Studio Art Academy had the opportunity to work with Lacey Jane Wilburn, Canadian contemporary painter, to create a collection of paintings.
Over the course of three days, which included a studio visit, students worked closely with Wilburn, asking questions, receiving feedback, and developing skills working with oil paints as a medium.
While working with Wilburn, students were encouraged to create portraits of people in their lives. By painting portraits of those they are familiar with, students learned not only how to capture the physical form of loved ones but also the emotional depth and significance that such a person holds for them.
The finished paintings were first displayed at Griffin Art Projects from January 14 – 15, 2023. The work is now part of the students’ exhibition housed at the Gordon Smith Gallery, located at the Education Services Centre (from January 18 – 26, 2023; public hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon – 4 p.m.).
This experience afforded students the opportunity to work with a professional artist and develop a significant piece for their own portfolios. The AFK Studio Art Academy is proud to provide learning and development experiences for students and facilitate students showcasing their considerable talents to the wider community.