Danielle Bartlette uses paint and mixed media to examine the complex relationships between place and memory. The materials she uses are chosen based on her sensory experiences with her environment, and the personal geographies that result explicate the selective role of the sensory environment in forming personal memory and subjective experience. Danielle worked with our grade nine students during their ACE time with a focus on artistic PROCESS rather than just product.
Here is a link to Danielle's studio website Neon Milkshake
The grade five students had the opportunity to work with Leah Donald of Art felt studio. Felting is a form of art that
brings out an artistic side of students they may not yet realize they have. Everyone succeeds! Felting is fun, tactile and creative.
Click here to visit Leah Donald's website.
Once again, Grade six students had the privilege of working with Artist in Residence, Nicola Elson. 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.
In November our studio artist Mark Vazquez-Mackay worked again for the fourth year in a row with our grade eight students, this year woking with the concept of being a Renaissance person. The students had an opportunity to work on a drawing in a full scale camera obscure and a camera lucida, they wrote poetry inspired by their personal artifact and they engineered it via drawings in Leonardo Da Vinci style to be put to another use. He will be working with the grade eight students again in the coming months in their math/science classrooms.
Click here to see more information about our Studio Artist Mark Vasquez-Mackay.
For the third year in a row students in grade 7, 8 and 9 had the opportunity to work with Green Fools’ artist Dean Barham who is an active member of the Green Fools and has performed as an artist 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. Last summer, as a result of the workshop the Green Fools did at our school last year, some students enrolled in the Green Fools summer Circus Camp focusing on building confidence and self-esteem, and encouraging creative expression. The instructors emphasize teamwork, respect, gender equity and dedication and the camp ended with a community performance at the Jubilee Auditorium. Students learn to work together on skills that transcend barriers of age and gender; skills that require everyone involved to be focused and committed.
Here is a link to the Green Fools website.
Cathy Beveridge lives in Calgary and is involved with schools, conducting writing workshops for students, giving author talks, and doing professional development presentations on teaching creative writing for teachers. Story
has always fascinated Cathy and words and language mesmerized her.
Here is a link to Cathy Beveridge's website.
Carly was born and raised just outside of Edmonton, Alberta and has always been a musician at heart. Starting her musical training at a young age, her love for music took off when she discovered the worlds of blues and jazz.
Carly attended Grant MacEwan University for Vocal Performance in Music, singing alongside the big band and jazz combo, and recently graduated from Prairie College in the Music & Worship Arts program, under the direction of Juno Award winning songwriter, Brian Doerksen, where she recorded her EP.
Carly’s natural ability and passion for music can be experienced through her sultry yet edgy voice. Her vulnerable lyrics take you on a journey through the world of human emotions that we all share. Whether it is love or heartache, her lyrics are complimented by the organic sounds of her music which allows for her voice and message to soar.
Upon the latest release of her EP, Fantasy, Carly is eager to share her music with the world.
The grade eight students listened to Carly perform her original songs and talk about the value of creativity, individuality, making things and expressing yourself.
Here is a link to Carly Reirson's website.
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. The musicians involved with this performance were Donovan Seidle, David Morrissey, Marcin Swoboda, Jeremy Gabbert, Beth Sandvoss and Peter Blake.
Click here to view Calgary Philharmonic's website.
Artists in Residence
Willow Park is committed to giving our students and educators opportunities to experience encounters with artists and art making. Artists in Residence provide the space for the community to work with artists from all mediums.