Gallery Tours and Art Projects
- Exploring Art tours offer a multi-faceted approach to art education that inspires deeper learning. Students learn about the cultural, historical, and social contexts of artworks on display and explore works of art through themes that are relevant, engaging and thought-provoking.
- Through interactive tours and hands-on art activities, students will engage with the arts in a way that develops their curiosity and knowledge, while exploring themes of Spaces and Places, Materials and Process, and Art and Society.
CURRENT GALLERY EXHIBITIONS:
HOUSE ILLUMINATES – (Runs September 25 to November 13):
House Illuminates presents works by Amy Loewan (RCA) that promote peace and well-being. These ideals are at the core of the artist’s life and practice.
House Inspiring Peace is at the centre of the exhibit. The house is constructed from shuen (rice) paper, canvas, silk and Canadian maple, the quintessential structure is encased by woven paper strips and cut paper. Messages, symbols and drawn elements of ink, charcoal, and acrylic adorn the structure. Loewan wanted a simple house, “like the house a child would draw” and the effect is powerful. Lit from within by Edison incandescent lights the house is an invitation to peace and harmony. It offers protection and a room for reflection.
At a time in human history when we have experienced tremendous challenge and uncertainty, House Illuminates is a beacon of hope.
House Illuminates Art Activity: Following the tour, students will create their own miniature house using bamboo and a variety of hand-made papers with cut out light panels. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.
Tour focus: Children will learn how art and the act of creating has the power to heal and promote self-reflection and introspection. It also teaches them about the world around us and the people we share that world with.
Curriculum links: Social Studies – being together, belonging and connecting, action and participation, opportunities, and challenges. Science – space, shapes, colours, seasons, sight (opaque & translucent), light & shadow, recycling, planet earth. Art – student-centered learning, broad artistic and cultural perspectives, connections and community, artistic competence, creativity, and design.
THROUGH THE TIDE – (Runs August 7 to November 6):
Through the Tide honours the perseverance and growth that follows hardship. Reflecting on her own experiences, Edmonton artist Diana Ohiozebau’s work gives voice to self-belief, celebrating the confidence that comes from confronting life’s ongoing challenges.
Raised in Nigeria, Ohiozebau is inspired by her African heritage, and reflects on femininity, vulnerability, and place. “My studio practice is influenced by African themes and objects including masks, sculptures and fabrics. These elements form the basis of my paintings as I explore this rich historical and cultural heritage.”
Through the Tide features a single work, Resilience II, installed in the Art Gallery of St. Albert’s staircase exhibition space. Created using acrylic paint, collaged Aso-ebi fabrics and yarn on white Aso-oke fabric, this striking work measure 1.8 meters long, with long looping braids trailing gracefully downwards.
Intuitive and free flowing lines merge the faces and hands of the women in Resilience II, linking each figure to the next. Ohiozebau captures an atmosphere of community, cherishing the knowledge that we are never truly alone.
October 15, 2021 • 1:30 pm • $8 • Through the Tide Art Activity: Following the tour, students will create an art piece representing their own heritage using patterned textiles and coloured yarns, to embellish a black and white design focused on flowing lines. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.
Tour focus: Children will learn about Diana Ohiozebau’s work and discover how art can be used to research and explore one’s own heritage while reflecting their own unique life challenges.