Over seven days, visual artist Deirdre Potash worked with students at Twin Oaks Elementary School, from Kindergarten to grade 6.   Deirdre led arts and crafts activities in 26 homerooms, working with 540 young artists! Teachers praised the activities as being highly engaging for students.  

Deirdre’s workshops guided students to use creativity to express themselves and share their stories with others. Beautiful pieces of unique and individual art were created, with the finished pieces displayed, shared, and celebrated among all the students. Activities included water-colour painting, sculpting with clay, and tin-etchings. Experimentation with fundamentals was bolstered with learning about perspective and composition through observation. 

Twin Oaks Elementary School’s ArtistsInspire Grant experience was made possible by an ELAN Quebec/LEARNpartnership for students from Quebec’s English-speaking communities to participate in arts and culture experiences, thanks in part to funding from Heritage Canada through the  Government of Canada.

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Deirdre Potash leading by example, with Twin Oaks grade six students. (Photo by Melissa Guilino)

Creating personal crests with colourful tin etchings. (Photo by Deirdre Potash)

Grade six students working with clay. (Photo by Melissa Guilino)

Some more examples of Twin Oak’s student’s artwork, in colour (above photo), and in black & white (below photo).