Britannia Secondary 8J9J Alternative Program Students and Local Artists Team Up in Studio 101

Thanks to Doug MacDougall, facilitator at Britannia's Secondary 8J9J art program and Jeffrey Boone, Executive Director of the Eastside Cultural Crawl, Britannia students recently participated in a fun and original art project with some of Vancouver's most talented artists.

In one day, Britannia students were invited to meet with different artists to create sculptures and paintings using the artists' unique techniques.

This one-day invitational program, known as Studio 101, is mainly organized by the Eastside Cultural Crawl to bring young people in direct contact with local artistic talent and give them a better understanding of the working environment of an artist.

Britannia Secondary students work with artist Jon Shaw"I'm always looking to add to what students are already offered," said Macdougall. "The success of this program was evident by the high level of attendance by students."

Macdougall says he's glad they were able to provide this opportunity to students at no cost to the school.

"Working with Doug and his colleagues at Britannia was really great," said Boone. "Their program was a perfect fit for ours and it was amazing to see how excited and eager the students were to make art with professional artists in the artists' own studios."

In the end, students voted which artist they liked best. In turn, the winning artist Jon Shaw received a $500 prize from the Eastside Cultural Crawl and students got to keep the work and display it in their classroom as a reminder of the fun experience.

In the months ahead, 8J9J students will be part of another exciting program: a joint project with students from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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