The SK’s had their last AGO workshop this week. Paula & Clara have been doing lots of Pride activities with the children and they were so happy that this workshop was on offer. A huge thank you to the AGO for their progressive, highly accessible programming. Honoring Pride – Art & Identity was an excellent…

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The SK’s have been very busy over the last several weeks learning amazing new things about Art & Culture from the AGO. They’ve had three extremely enriching and engaging workshops – Art and the Environment, Art and the Senses and, most recently, Indigenous Art and Artists. This last session was perfectly timed for the start…

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Spring is here and we’re excited to be celebrating its arrival with art inspired by the changes we see in nature. With the warmer weather, all sorts of beautiful transformations happen. Buds begin to sprout, animals come out of hiding and new life is born. The Grade 1 class has been learning all about the…

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The Grade 1’s created these beautiful rainbows with watercolours and pastel just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. They used a watercolour resist to create a mist of clouds in the sky as they appear after a rainfall. They were careful to include all seven colours in order for the rainbow using the acronym ROYGBIV.…

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The Grade 2/3’s had a lot of fun creating these colourful pastel toucans. Since we’re not travelling anywhere warm this March, I figured we could surround ourselves with this tropical paradise instead. I love how art can magically transport us to another place! The children looked at pictures of real-life species of toucans. These beautiful…

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The children have been learning about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in Art class to mark the beginning of Black History Month. The JK-Grade 3 students are all creating self-portraits inspired by his art. (The Grade 2/3’s work is pictured here.) Lessons began with a discussion about abstract art and how it represents feelings and emotions. Like…

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The Early Start children enjoyed creating a slippy, slidey ‘melting snowman’ craft this week. They used shaving cream to mimic melting snow and cut pieces of paper for the rest of their snowmen. Messy and fun!

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Dear CGS Parents, It‘s been an amazing first term teaching art to your children. It has also been a pivotal one for me as a teacher. Finding creative ways to teach in the middle of a pandemic has been a truly new experience. We’ve had classes online and outside, no matter what the weather, all…

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These gorgeous pieces were made by the Grade 2/3’s in their outdoor art class this week. Working outside has clearly not limited the children’s ability to create excellent work. Carrie used the colourful work of American artist Wayne Thiebaud as inspiration for the children. To add to the fun, Carrie also had the children pretend…

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Kudos to our wonderful, resilient specialty teachers. They have been on the move every day – teaching inside, outside, remote and live. Rim and Mani in particular have been struggling with voice strain and have been anxiously awaiting headset mics. They arrived this week and are fantastic – an outdoor teaching gamechanger! Now they can…

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