The main objective of the after-school visual art program at James Bay Community School is to provide students with a safe and supportive environment where they can have fun using a variety of quality art materials to express their creative ideas and try new processes and artistic techniques.
Throughout the course of the program participants learn about the elements and principles of art and design, and look at and discuss famous artwork and artists. For example, this year some of the art projects have been inspired by the work of Emily Carr, Paul Klee, Robert Delaunay and Yayoi Kusama. Students have had the opportunity to use drawing (oil pastels, crayons, pens, pencils), painting (watercolours and tempera), collage and printmaking techniques.
Projects are designed to give students of all levels of skill and experience a sense of accomplishment, pride in their work, and foster confidence in their own abilities. There is instruction and demonstrations on how to use the various materials and techniques. Students are encouraged to express their own ideas and each completed work of art is as unique as the child who created it.