World Oceans Day reminds every one of the vital role oceans have in our everyday lives – and aims to raise awareness of the impact that human actions have on oceans. To mark this important day, the District shares a special story about an art exhibition written by Bryden MacDonald, a Grade 6 teacher at Queen Elizabeth Elementary:
Art is a big part of my life and my classroom at Queen Elizabeth Elementary. My class is such a creative group of students, so I thought they might enjoy the experience of creating a full-on art exhibition!
About 10 years ago, I volunteered at the Craft Council of BC. I contacted them recently to see if they had any space for my students’ work in their professional exhibitions – and they did!
The staff were amazing and so excited to support our efforts. One of their staff members even did a class visit via TEAMS to talk to my students about the job details of an art curator. We also discussed the different types of crafts and how art can contribute to our communities.
For the exhibition, my students chose a theme to celebrate World Oceans Day. Their artwork shares perspectives on the beauty of our seas and raises awareness on the many problems our oceans currently face.
“Making the art pieces was such a great experience. I learned a lot about how artists create and display art pieces in galleries. I really felt like an artist too.” – Ilana, Grade 6
“Art is exciting, especially about the wide ocean! I am really grateful that Ms. MacDonald gave us the chance to express our inner feelings for the ocean through art!” – Jolie, Grade 6
“I just wanted people to reflect on my art piece and hopefully make the ocean a cleaner and safer place.” – Owen, Grade 6
I challenged them by incorporating as much recycled and donated materials as possible in their work. Each student fully designed and created their own piece. The students did a wonderful job. They were so committed to the project and worked incredibly hard to make it happen. I’m very proud of all of them!
The students’ artwork was displayed in a gallery exhibition at Craft Council of BC – located at Granville Island. All artwork sales went to support Ocean Wise and Plastic Oceans Foundation of Canada.