Garden Valley Collegiate hosted a year-end Fine Arts Festival from Tuesday, May 17 through Thursday, May 19, 2016. 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."
This new concept in celebrating Fine Arts in GVC involved Visual Art, Drama, Film production, Choir and Band. Artwork from students of all senior grade levels was on display in the Zone and in the upstairs art room. The artwork on display included architecture, drawing, painting, computer—generated images, pottery, sculpture, and film. Students were on hand leading tours of the displays, as well as doing live demonstrations of art techniques and processes. The show provided an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their visual and performing arts skills.
The show began during the day on Tuesday and resumed in the evening. On Wednesday, the evening show featured video and animation presentations by GVC students, and live comedic performances by a troupe of high school actors from the drama department. The festival concluded on Thursday with the visual arts display from 9:00 to 4:00, and then with live performances from the GVC Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensembles.
Reflecting on the growth of this festival from last year, Mr. Bell, a GVC Fine Arts teacher and one of the festival organizers, observes how they've seen more participation overall, with more members of the public touring through and more students taking the time to focus on visiting the exhibits. "It's so nice that this event can be put together by the whole Art department, first pooling resources and then sharing their audiences," said Mr. Bell. "The new zone space, which includes a beautiful stage for performances, is also so well-suited to the festival, and has transformed the school in a great way," adds Bell.
Hosting an annual festival has really allowed the Arts curriculum to be enhanced in exciting and unique ways. "It always adds an extra component to the program knowing that there will be an audience for your work. It gains much more significance when shared with others," notes Bell.
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 photo highlights of some of the student art work: