Two “legacy” pieces created by students as well as examples from numerous artmaking projects were on display during a June 28 event marking the successful conclusion of a three-year partnership between Caswell Community School and Remai Modern.
The first of the legacy projects consists of uplifting thoughts, stencilled on plywood squares and installed around the school. The powerful words were chosen by students who are intent on “giving back” to their school with positive thoughts and actions
The second legacy piece features nature images and text. Created by members of the Grade 6 SAGE class, the installation is for an outdoor fence and was on display in the gym during the event.
Caswell principal Susan Pattison, who is retiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year, said the event was a positive finale for her last year at the school.
“It’s indicative of the creative, collaborative spirit of the students and families associated with this community school,” Pattison said.
“Caswell embraces many cultural traditions, including First Nations, Métis and international students. We love working together on special projects. The Art for Life program has been very meaningful for us, and we’re grateful to Remai Modern and Affinity Credit Union for the experience.”
Caswell is the 11th community school partner in the Art for Life gallery/school program. Affinity Credit Union has sponsored the program since it began in 2001, with the Mendel as the original gallery partner. Remai Modern continued the program following the Mendel closure in 2015.
“It’s been a very enjoyable and productive time at Caswell,” said Carol Wylie, the gallery’s liaison, who has spent seven hours a week facilitating art projects at the school. “Art is highly valued by the entire school, from students and their families to the teachers and the principal. We’ve dug into many exciting projects.”