Saturday, 19 April 2008

Artrageous Book Club

Designed to foster artistic expression and promote visual literacy, The Artrageous Book Club involves the use of digital communication and authoring tools to study Caldecott winning artists’ pictorial interpretation of story.

I invited several artists to be our Artists In Residence. Lisa Hildebrant introduced students to acrylics; Karen Campbell demonstrated creating a silhouette using watercolours, and Rebecca Grambo exposed students to digital photography. Caldecott winning books and a description of their technique are displayed throughout the library. During Art Club meetings, students are encouraged to create art inspired by their favourite books.

Resembling a museum, the library walls feature students’ masterpieces, complete with wall text. As the curator of the Artrageous Gallery, I will be hosting an evening exhibition in which the students will showcase their work and local artists will judge the entries. The artists are busy finalizing their works and preparing for their gallery tour using Web tools that help photographers display their photos on the Web in slideshows.

We hope you will visit soon to see our artrageous work!

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