Eye-catching swirls and contours of vibrant colour can be found at the Vancouver School District's Student Art Gallery's current art installation on mindfulness – created by students from Vancouver Technical Secondary. The display will be up in the gallery until Thursday, February 6, 2020.
About the artwork:
The installation was created by studio art classes from Van Tech students in grades 10-12 and features both acrylic paintings and chalk drawings. The works of art were inspired by mindfulness exercises that the students worked through as a class to evoke their emotions onto paper. These techniques included: practicing their breathing, writing and reflecting on their childhood memories.
Their creation process also involved studying the works of well-known painters, such as Georgia O'Keefe and Jackson Pollock. Other inspiration came from immersing themselves in artistic elements that focused on the use of line, shape, texture, and movement. The artwork was also inspired by music from around the globe, such as African, Himalayan, Mayan, Celtic and Lakota music.
Much of their inspiration for this project came from research on the work of leaders in mindfulness and brain science, such as Dr. Dan Siegel, Daniel Goleman, the Dalai Lama and Jon Kabat-Zinn who suggests, "Beauty is the Mind that Knows Itself." You can find information on their mindfulness research that inspired the installation in the art gallery.