Junior School Art Festival

This year, York House Junior School held their Second Annual Art Festival from April 21st to April 25th. The theme was “Imagine” and students were asked to think of an art piece that they felt captured the imagination and spirit of the world around them. Classes worked together collaboratively to create the pieces, others were small group projects, and there are also individual artwork submissions. 

A big thank you to everyone who created artwork and installations with their classes. Each class has done such an amazing job showcasing their student’s creativity and imagination! This creativity is inspirational showing just how, when given the opportunity to be creative, our students are phenomenal in their artistic endeavours. A big thank you to Ms. Katherine Yurkovich for organizing the Art Festival. 

To capture all of this creative work, Ms. Julie Grundvig made an interactive tour on Thinglink, which is best viewed on an iPad, laptop, or desktop. We hope you will enjoy this tour of the Festival that celebrates the artistic talents of our Yorkies. Don’t forget to look up, look down, and look all-around at the wonderful artworks our students created. Have fun!


Junior School Art Festival: “The Visionary Act”

A group of Grade 7 students, along with Ms. Comeau and Ms. Krahn organized the Junior School’s first art festival this year, called “The Visionary Act”. From May 3-7, student art from select students was displayed under the pergola as well as in the halls of the Junior School.

With the theme of “I wish you knew”, there was a focus on found/recycled materials (sustainability) and installation art, and submissions included photo essays, digital art, photography, sculpture, mixed media, dance, painting, pastels, sketching, poetry, textiles, and light installations.

The goal was to showcase students who are passionate about art and work with them in workshops and 1:1 mentoring to help them develop their artistic skills. The Grade range included 4-7 (as well as one Grade 3 student and two Grade 8s). Interested students had to submit proposals and go through an application and approval process like a proper artist in the community would for an art festival. Over 30 art pieces were approved.

Student artists who submitted art were able to join several workshops during the months of April and May, including buckskin sewing, woodworking, embroidery, photography, needle felting, and writing/poetry. Grade 7s also students put together a website for the festival. 

We hope to continue the art festival in future years, and include live performances, tents where parents can create art with their children, and areas for collaborative art, and more!

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