Visual Arts

ME DOLLS: METAPHORIC SELF-PORTRAIT SCULPTURES

Kitsilano Secondary Students
Art Foundations
Ms. Sharon Fritz Art Teacher
On view at the new VSB Student Gallery
March 1-April 11th 1580 W Broadway

The “Me Doll” sculpture project was designed as a separate body of work that would further
the conversations around portraiture explored by the Field of Vision project.

We addressed big questions: “Who am I?”, “What is the role of Portraiture?”,
“How can I communicate aspects of my identity?” and “How do materials make meaning?”

Students were given a great deal of freedom to explore ways of representing aspects of their
identity through sculpture and were encouraged to think metaphorically about image choices.
They used clay, plaster cloth, recycled bottles and other found/collected materials.

Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal Identity and Awareness, and Communication were
the Key Core Competencies embedded in the project goals.

Students shared their ideas and experiences through artist statements, a group critique and
self-evaluations.

We hope you are intrigued and enjoy the work!

District Inaugurates New Exhibition Space

The Kitsilano Fine Arts Department is proud to share our student’s new work and their collaboration two artists in residence.

Sharon Fritz grade 11 and 12 classes will be opening the inaugural show at the VSB gallery space in March. The show features portrait painting and metaphoric portrait sculptures created in collaboration with artist Andrew MacKay.

Stay tuned for the opening date, to be announced soon.

Grade 8 French Immersion classes worked with weaver Corrina Hammond to create a tapestry.

Students hand wove, on a traditional production floor loom, creating a colourful banner
representing this years KITS code:
Kindness
Inclusion
Thoughtfulness
Success

Students also learned to build their own small looms and develop their own hand weaving techniques. Those beautiful mini tapestries were on display before winter break.
Stay tuned to Kits Arts as we announce upcoming shows and events.

Ms Bains Cuts Weaving “Warp”, Dec 2019

As the Visual Arts department, we were very lucky to move into our new spaces in the Fall of 2015. This meant that for the first time in more than one generation, all the art rooms are side by side, rather than in three corners of the school. This has allowed us to do a lot more collaboration and idea sharing. At present our ‘Art Street’ is still a major traffic route for students moving from the old to the new building, but once the school is complete we will be able to fully use our space for creativity.

Arts Night this year will be on May 17th, and it is a fantastic opportunity to come see the wonderful new spaces in the ‘new’ Kitsilano. Last year’s visitors kept commenting that the evening felt more like a Gala than a school function, and we are working on putting on a great event again this year.

For examples of student work and programming, please check out our Kitsilano Arts website at http://kitsilanofinearts.ca where each teacher showcases their students’ work and offers details on projects and assignments.