Garden Valley Collegiate hosted a year-end Fine Arts Festival from Tuesday, May 26th through Thursday, May 28, 2015. The event celebrated fine arts in the areas of Visual Art, Drama, Film Production, Choir, and Band, and took place upstairs in the new commons area known as "The Zone."
Artwork from students of all senior grade levels was on display in the Zone and in the new upstairs art room. The artwork displayed included architecture, drawing, painting, computer–generated images, pottery, sculpture, and film. Students led tours of the display, and also did live demonstrations of art techniques and processes. The show successfully showcased student talent, and provided an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their visual and performing arts skills. Other schools in the division, including Parkland, NPC, and WES also toured the festival.
Visitors to the Fine Arts Festival will have quickly noticed many changes at GVC. The upstairs Zone is new and the Art room is new. "The new space is so well-suited to the festival, and allows the various Arts to fit together well and try out some new things," said Mr. Scott Bell, a GVC Fine Arts teacher and one of the festival organizers. "Mixing the film production students' work with live comedic drama performances really shows the versatility of the new space," said Mr. Bell. The new stage and performance centre in the Zone also made this new area the perfect place to host the Arts Festival.
Planning for this event began after GVC's drama production back in November. Building on the success of all the GVC Arts departments working together, it was decided that one unified Arts event over the course of several days at year-end could be more successful than several separate concerts and arts events.
Reflecting on what this festival means to the students and to the school, Mr. Bell notes how great it is "to see how much work the students put into their art and preparing their displays, and then still come back and ask 'what else can I do?'" "The festival really showcases the specific things that students can do," adds Bell.
The show began at 9:00 am on Tuesday and ran during the day until 4:00 pm, and also resumed in the evening from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. The evening show featured video and animation presentations by GVC students, and live comedic performances by the “GVC Pythons”, a troupe of high school actors that were featured in the GVC’s fall production of “Magical Mystery Tour”. The festival continued on Wednesday from 9:00 to 4:00. The festival concluded on Thursday with the visual arts display from 9:00 to 4:00, and then in the evening with live performances from GVC Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensembles.
Admission to the GVC Fine Arts Festival was free, and the community had an opportunity to visit and explore the students' artistic offerings.
See below for just a few photos of some of the displays and student art work: