Artists in the School

The Artists in the School program is a series of visual art classes for young people in grades four to eight at Nottawasage & Creemore Public School.

Gail Caswell
Gail Caswell

Each spring, Gail Caswell (Board member) and Jordan Eveland bring a hands-on creative experience to roughly 120 students at the Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School. This year, the series focuses on acrylic painting on canvas.

Past series have focused on printmaking, pottery, acrylic painting, collage/mixed media and principles of design study.

The Artists in School Program was initiated by the former Creemore Artists’ Centre (the Mad & Noisy Gallery, a not-for-profit co-operative group of artists) in 2009. Since then, the art classes have received overwhelming support from students, parents and school staff.

NCPS student art
Art inspired by Morrisseau Photo: Purple Hills

Like other such programs, the Artists in School is a collaborative model for art education. This program would not be possible without our positive relationship with the school principal, Alison Golding, and other committed staff.

These experiences light a creative fire in the students while meeting curriculum expectations for Ontario Arts. We believe arts education is a critical element in helping young people discover their gifts and passions. We have also provided past support to the school’s Band Instruments program.

From The Creemore Echo:

Different ways of seeing through art

by Trina Berlo

The large canvases laid out on the desks in Mr. Weir’s classroom leave very little room to manoeuvre but students manage to zip back and forth to the paint table. They return to their workstations with fresh globs of bright acrylics to mix and layer.

The Grade 7-8 Nottawasaga and Creemore Public School students are finishing up their paintings inspired by the work of the late Norval Morrisseau, an aboriginal Canadian artist who rose to fame in the 1960s. Read more …