Students at Pinewood Elementary in Mascouche, worked with visual artist Deirdre Potash, to create glittering art on metal. Teacher Derek Cavaliere said of the experience, “I’m grateful for this grant as it afforded my students the opportunity to work with and learn from a professional artist; they will cherish this for years to come”. The grades 3 and 4 students each created a colourful, metal embossed winter wonderland scene that they exhibited with pride. The finished works were displayed, shared and celebrated.
Deirdre has been an art educator for over thirty years. Her philosophy is that learning is not a passive process. She believes that art provides learning and discovery by manipulating materials and techniques. “I want to have a lasting impact on my students,” writes Deirdre, “I want them to acquire techniques and an openness that they will be able to apply to other disciplines and to their lives.”
Pinewood Elementary School’s ArtistsInspire Grant experience was made possible by an ELAN Quebec/LEARN partnership for students from Quebec’s English-speaking communities to participate in arts and culture experiences, thanks in part to funding from the Government of Canada.
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