Lee Deranger Anishnabe Bio: Lee Deranger was born and raised in Toronto, and has spent most of her adult life in Alberta. Her Anishinaabe heritage is an important part of her daily life and is reflected in her work including porcupine quillwork or other traditional art forms along with her paintings. She was fortunate to have been mentored and taught to paint by the late Don Nixon throughout her childhood well into her teen years. Deranger currently resides in Calgary where she often teaches traditional art forms. She donates art work to charitable causes and speaks out through her art about environmental issues, especially those affecting the water. Her husband is Dene from Fort Chipewyan, the community downstream from the oil sands.
Grade 9 -- Humanities. Lee and Patrick shared their stories through her artwork. With the math community, Lee lead the students through the creation of dreamcatchers.
Nina is a Canadian director, producer, writer & actor. She is committed to creating dialogue about social issues revolving around the multicultural experience in Western countries. She has embraced her passion of filmmaking as a powerful tool to build bridges between people of different ages and cultures.
Her films have traveled the globe, and have touched many lives. These works have encouraged conversations between a varied spectrum of people; from children in impoverished villages to graduate students in universities. Nina's films have received national and international accolades and have won several awards.
Nina explored filmmaking during ACE with all grade nines.
Grade 9 Vertlarke Nacht (Transfigured Night) Six Calgary musicians came together to perform Schoenberg’s Vertlarke Nacht, a classical work for a chamber orchestra. The artists visited with classrooms to speak about their work and the process of translating music for an audience.
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Grade six students had the privilege of working with Artist in Residence, Nicola Elson over a period of 3 weeks in December. Each grade six class worked toward representing one of the pillars of democracy (freedom, representation, equity and justice) through creative movement, dance and dramatic acting. The ideas were completely generated by the students themselves and the plays were written by Nikki. Performances took place under the spotlights in the gym in front of an audience of 400 guests.
Here is a link to Nicky Elson's website.
In February, our studio artist Mark Vazquez-Mackay worked once again with our grade eight students. This time Mark worked with them during their Math classes teaching them how to draw proportionately from a still life. They are currently continuing to use the skills taught in their Math classrooms by applying their learning to proportional thinking.
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For the second year in a row students in grade 7, 8 and 9 had the opportunity to work with Green Fools’ artists Dean Barham and Jessica Barrera whom are both active members of the Green Fools and have performed as artists with companies like Cirque de Soleil. Over four days the students were immersed in circus skills with activities like tight rope, stilt walking, juggling and poi sticks. On the fifth several of the students performed the activities that involved both fine and gross motor skills for our school audience to enjoy.
Here is a link to the Green Fools website.
Joe Semenoff is a Calgary based actor who worked with the grade seven drama students in December. The students worked on and pitched their ideas for a cross curricular show (Drama and Health) to Joe via a planned improvisation. Joe then took their ideas and created a script for the group to realize into a production. The students had a real life exploration of what it is like to be involved in a theatrical production with experiences of casting, directing and other roles that are an integral part to any show like stage management, sound, designer etc.
Grade 8 Science students are exploring the states of matter: how they move, interact and shift through dance theatre and movement vocabulary. Using this material the students create unique stories that reflect the movement of molecules and perform them through dance theatre.
Click here to find out more about Mark Ikeda.
The grade 8 students are studying the Renaissance in Humanities and will be studying Light and Optics in Science in the new year . Mark Vasquez-Mackay brought in a camera obscure and had the students work in pairs to create two minute portraits using the device that was most likely used by some Renaissance artist to create their masterpieces.
Click here to see more information about our Studio Artist Mark Vasquez-Mackay.
Artfelt Studio is a Calgary based company which excels at bringing art to the classroom. With direct connections to the Alberta curriculum and a focus on felting the students create a challenging, unique art project.
Felting brings out an artistic side of the students they may not yet realize they have. The best thing about felting is everyone succeeds!
Here is a link to Leah Donald's Art Felt Studio website.