Paulina Stankovski’s grade 4/5 class at Windermere Elementary School. Photo by Katie Watt

Illustrating the earth in all its vibrancy earns WES class Art from Heart poster spot

Art from the Heart this April at Pynelogs Art Gallery

By Katie Watt

intern@columbiavalleypioneer.com

The earth has a lot more colours to it than just green and blue, according to the students in the grade 4/5 class of Windermere Elementary School. This year, the class collaborated to create a colourful painting depicting their version of our planet’s place in the solar system. Their painting was selected as the winning image for this year’s Art From the Heart poster.

Art From the Heart is an annual art show that features work from five different schools and over 700 students across the Columbia Valley. Each year, the event has a unique theme that inspires the students’ creations. For this year’s theme, students were asked to create pieces about Collaboration.

Paulina Stankovski, teacher of this year’s winning class, chose to combine what her students are currently learning about with this year’s theme for their entry.

“We’ve been talking a lot about taking care of the planet and our place in the solar system, and how we all need to share the space,” says Ms. Stankovski.

The painting, that has appropriately been titled “Colourful Galaxy”, shows an abstract and imaginative version of the Earth from space. On the Earth, that has been painted all the colours of the rainbow, are the silhouettes of the 19 students in the class; one student’s silhouette is even placed on the brightly coloured moon. The students explain that the painting shows how colourful the world is when we work together to keep it healthy.

To make the piece more collaborative, the painting was divided into several squares, and each student was given 2-3 squares to fill. Students were allowed to use two colours to paint any pattern they pleased in their square, but only under the condition that it was unique to the square beside it.

“It was kind of tight painting on the canvas, but we took turns and it looks really good,” says Findlay Whittick, one of the students in the class.

“It’s nice to win as a class and not just as a person,” adds another student.

This is the 14th year for the annual art show.

“I love seeing the art the kids make,” says Natalie Spencer, on of the organizers for Art From the Heart. “In my opinion, children make the best artists.”

The Art From the Heart show will be at Pynelogs Cultural Centre from April 2nd – 27th. This year, there will also be a “Sneak Peak” show held at Copper Point Resort from March 16th – 30th. This mini-show will feature one collaborative piece from each of the five participating schools. The five pieces selected for the sneak-peak-show will also be photographed and printed on greeting cards. These cards will be for sale,with proceeds going to Columbia Valley Arts.

This year’s event is sponsored by local businesses, Rocky Mountain School District #6, and the Columbia Basin Trust.

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