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LCS Art Students Immerse in Creativity at CIS Visual Arts Festival

On November 24, 2023, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, welcomed nine enthusiastic Grade 10-12 Art students from Lakefield College School to the annual CIS Visual Arts Festival. The theme for this year's festival was Reconnecting: Weaving Threads of Indigenous Heritage, Human Connection, Nature, and Artistry. 

Three educational pillars designed to ignite curiosity, introspection, and creativity, were at the heart of the festival. 

Gallery Tour - "Stories of Canada"
To further understand and explore this theme, our students explored the McMichael's diverse art holdings, delving into art's role as a conduit for personal narratives. They engaged with various cultural narratives, gaining insights into how art depicts historical and contemporary experiences. They thoughtfully discussed and reflected upon themes encompassing Canada's colonial legacy, including reflections on the residential school system, slavery, and the impacts of industrialization.

Art-Making Studio with Acclaimed Canadian Artist
The festival's highlight gave our students an exclusive opportunity to collaborate with a renowned Canadian artist. Students participated in an interactive art-making studio session, gleaning insights, techniques, and inspiration from a master artist. One workshop was with artist Kim Wheatley, where she shared traditional Anishinaabe teachings and walked students through the making of dream catchers. The second workshop was led by Tracey-Mae Chambers, a Métis artist, whose weavings seek to broach the subject of reconciliation and decolonization. Students created weavings in Tracey-Mae's style while learning more about her work and message.

This experience transformed their approach to creativity, encouraging them to tap into their creative reservoirs and push the boundaries of their artistic expression.

Interactive Art Battle
The event culminated with an Art Battle where students used materials to create artwork in school teams which responded to the theme: Reconnecting. In an atmosphere charged with exhilaration and artistic passion, students enthusiastically engaged in an interactive art battle. This competitive yet collaborative activity challenged their ingenuity and adaptability. Prompted to think on their feet, students channelled their creativity within the confines of time and competition. The Art Battle was energized and hard-fought, with Trinity College School winning the coveted golden palette. 

The CIS Visual Arts Festival served as a platform for LCS students to immerse themselves in multifaceted artistic experiences, fostering connections between heritage, human experiences, nature, and the artistry that ties them together. As they return to LCS, our artists carry with them not only newfound artistic insights but also a deeper appreciation for the power of art in weaving together diverse narratives and fostering connections between the past, present, and future.

📸 Tayler Morencie
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Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

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