The students at the school had been working for six weeks with local artist Janis Dyck, learning about painting techniques, and getting some pieces ready for the show.
“I approached them. I’m an art therapist, and I thought it would be good to do something with the kids,” said Dyck.
“They do have some sort of art, but this was just a bit more in depth.”
In the six weeks, nine students explored acrylic painting techniques.
“We did specific exercises within the six weeks, exploring different styles, and looking at a specific type of muse,” said Dyck.
“Out of those, they chose what they wanted to do for the final project.”
Each student painted a large piece for the show, and also included as many of their previous projects as they wanted.
One Alternate School student, Zoe Simard, put up four paintings in the Youth Centre.
“I’m really happy with how they turned out. I think you can definitely see everyone’s personalities in their projects,” she said.
Admittedly, Simard was not an art enthusiast before the six week program, but has since found a passion for it.
“I wasn’t really into art before, but she (Dyck) definitely inspired me,” said Simard. “I like doing it at home, and I think I’ll keep doing it. I probably won’t make a living out of it. It’s pretty hard to, but it will definitely be a hobby.”
Both Dyck, and the students’ regular teacher Maryanne Schroeder, were very happy with the results of the art classes.
“I think the students really enjoyed it,” said Dyck. “They all did great. They should all be very proud of what they’ve done.”