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‘Faces and Voices’ of Prince of Wales Public School

Student artwork from Prince of Wales Public School [1] will be featured in an art show at Belleville’s Gallery 121. The self-portraits, part of visual arts project called Faces and Voices, were created under direction of Maya Jagger, a local visual artist, and funded through a grant from Quinte Arts Council.

Jagger spent three days with Prince of Wales students from Grades 3 to 8, including students with special cognitive and physical needs. She focused on teaching elements of the Arts curriculum and tapped into the astonishing creative processes of children.

Beginning with discussion about the meaning of art and the value of self-portraits as unique personal expression, students were shown a variety of techniques that could be used to make images in oil pastel, and then invited to create their own. The individual portraits were then included in a “wall quilt." The quilt is vivid, expressive, inclusive, and demonstrates the school’s commitment to be a community that cares for everyone. No two pieces are alike. The students took risks and ultimately produced authentic pieces of art that reflect something about themselves. This project demonstrates the value of the arts in promoting higher order thinking skills, reflecting values and building community.

Student self-portraits art show at Gallery 121
On display from Tuesday, January 5 to Friday, February 26, 2010
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
48 Bridge Street, Belleville, 613.966.4609

Located in Belleville’s north end, Prince of Wales Public School serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Student success in all areas of education—academics, character development, citizenship, the arts and athletics—is the goal for every student. Prince of Wales offers YMCA Before- and After-School and Breakfast Club programs. The school also offers system specialized classes for students with both cognitive and physical needs and hosts a number of system classes to serve students with special needs. Prince of Wales offers both a Primary and Junior/Intermediate program for students with autism in addition to the system class for Primary students with developmental disabilities.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354