QHS Art Students raise money for sick children

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Photo: Andrea Bravo

Fred Parson, Sec. IV, uses a creative pasting technique to create his owl.

Secondary IV and V Visual Art students at QHS used their creativity and imagination to raise more than $300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that helps make sick children’s dreams come true.

“Art from the Heart,” as QHS Art Teacher Meg McDonald called the project, consisted of creating art in a selfless gesture.

Students decorated owls made of plywood using a variety of media including acrylic, wax crayons, and collage. They went on to accept donations for them to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, at the QHS Alumni “Back to School” Reunion held in May.

The idea came from the “Animal in Town” series of events, in which accomplished local artists are asked to make life-size animal sculptures out of fiberglass.

Some that have already taken place are Vancouver’s “Spirit Bears in the City,” Chicago’s “Cows on Parade,” Toronto’s “Moose in the City” and Vancouver and Victoria’s “Orcas in the City.”

“When I saw this in Vancouver I thought it would be a great project for the students because I wanted them to do something for someone else,” McDonald said.

The project was done on a smaller scale than in those other cities; students’ canvases were plywood, with which they made owls of about 50 by 20 centimetres.

Students voted for the owl option.

“I like the owls. We can associate them with school - they represent wisdom,” McDonald added.

“Time is money, but money won’t buy happiness,” is what Jonathan Mendel’s owl represents; while Amanda Wong’s represents nature.

They could create any art form they wanted; some did it realistically while others preferred abstract art ... it was up to them.

It took students approximately two months from the designing stage to the final product.

Students went into the projects knowing the goal; they worked hard on them even when they knew that it was someone else who would keep them.

Students Lyssa Chabot and Julia Hastie said they thought it was great to do an auction project in art class and that it was a good way to use their creativity, have fun, and help others at the same time.

“We’re very proud of contributing with our time and effort for a cause that will help other people,” said student Kyme Vielleuse.

This was the first year that the Visual Art class did this kind of project, and McDonald would like it to become a tradition. She and her students believe it is a great opportunity to develop their talents and help sick children at the same time.