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:
DRAWN HOME – (Runs August 5 to September 18):
The act of returning home is a hopeful one, allowing familiar sensations to envelop and soothe. Home is memory, connection and belonging. Drawn Home will explore the diverse and meaningful connections that artists make with the places and communities that they call home. This sprawling group exhibition features artists from the Big Lake Artists’ Studios, the St. Albert Photography Club and the Visual Arts Studio Association. Fostering a sense of place, these artists will welcome all who visit – Home.
September 15, 2021 • 1:30 pm • $8 • Drawn Home Art Activity: Following the tour, students will create their own version of “home” using collage-layering materials while exploring textures, rubbings, line and shape. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.
Tour focus: Children will learn about three different artist groups in St. Albert and discover a variety of materials, techniques, and applications that allow for unique artistic expression and visual interpretation.
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.