Monday, 18 November 2013

More shaped canvases

As mentioned on an earlier post, students were to create an abstract shaped canvas that represented the essential qualities (as they have experienced it) of a them which might be a song, movie, memory, event, person, place, animal etc.  The class is largely ESL and a mixture of grades 9-12.


The Hunger Games

Good vs. Evil

Monster Eating People


Alive Again


Air Pollution

Make You Feel My Love

Winter (Vancouver style)


Thursday, 7 November 2013

IB 12

Following the development of an idea recorded in her sketchbook for one IB student.

Shaped Canvas

Inspired by Frank Stella and Elizabeth Murray, kids in my class which has an unusual class composition of grades 9-12, majority of which are ESL (2/3 of the class) and a handful of special needs plus a few IB 12 students who couldn't fit their timetable into the regular IB class.  It's a challenge to say the least!  But here are a few of the shaped canvas - or at least what they understood the project to be.

Top:  Relationship between artist and mother
Bottom:  Time

Summer at the Beach


Top:  BeiJing
Bottom:  Ocean

Saturday, 26 October 2013


Some random pieces from the IB kids.


The sketchbook assignment was self portrait that included text (ideally a variety of font) and simple drawings that told the viewer a minimum of 14 things about themselves.  I gave them a list of questions that ranged from favorite junk food, most memorable birthday, do they believe in aliens etc. to act as prompts.  The final drawing could be either in black fineliner and/or coloured pencil crayons.