Young Artists' Conference 2022

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The Young Artists’ Conference is an annual event for aspiring artists in elementary school to showcase their artwork and take part in a series of workshops. The school district has offered this unique opportunity to our students since 1987.

Every year over 120 students from grades 4 through 7 are selected to participate in the Young Artists' Conference. Each school has a selection committee which will review a variety of 2-dimensional artwork submitted by students. The selection committee will choose between 2 and 7 students to represent their school at the Conference.

The Young Artists’ Conference is an annual event for aspiring artists in elementary school to showcase their artwork and take part in a series of workshops. The school district has offered this unique opportunity to our students since 1987.

Every year over 120 students from grades 4 through 7 are selected to participate in the Young Artists' Conference. Each school has a selection committee which will review a variety of 2-dimensional artwork submitted by students. The selection committee will choose between 2 and 7 students to represent their school at the Conference.

  • 2022 Young Artists' Conference Makes a Splash

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    The 2022 Young Artists’ Conference (YAC) is making an in-person comeback after two years of virtual festivities.

    Since 1987, the annual event for aspiring artists in elementary school has offered students an opportunity to showcase their artwork and take part in a series of workshops, but when COVID began in the spring of 2020, the Conference was forced to go virtual.

    “Students look forward to this event, not only to work with professional artists, but also to make new friends with common interests from other schools,” said Jayne Latta, Young Artists Committee Chair. “I think they have really missed this annual event.”

    As in previous non-COVID years, the 2022 YAC was held this week at Thompson Rivers University with many workshops hosted in the university’s art studios. Students chose from a variety of sessions ranging from acrylic painting to graffiti art and needle work with instruction from community professional artists and art educators.

    “The importance of working collaboratively together for the students and the opportunity to work with professional artists in person adds to, not only their artistic experience, but their overall learning experiences too,” said Janet McCloy, District Coordinator of Arts Education.

    This year, over 120 students from grades 4 to 7 were selected to represent their schools in the YAC. A selection committee reviewed a variety of 2-dimensional artwork submitted and chose the following students’ artwork to be framed and hung in the School Board Office next year. These students will also be presenting their pieces to the Board of Education on June 13:

    Dallas Ellisay, Grade 4, South Sa-Hali
    Louise Placente, Grade 4, Beattie
    Mehar Ganghas, Grade 4, McGowan Park
    Sanjana Poovaneswaran, Grade 4, Aberdeen

    Brooklyn Fantuz, Grade 5, Rayleigh Elementary
    Tysyn Ewalt, Grade 5, Westwold
    Nya McLellan, Grade 5, Pacific Way
    Ben Fan, Grade 5, Pacific Way

    Mila Roberts, Grade 6, Sun Peaks
    Karlie Sandhoff, Grade 6, RLC
    Luca Petersen, Grade 6, Dallas
    Avery Bahnsen, Grade 6, Lloyd George

    Ryan Trudeau, Grade 7, Dufferin
    Jenna Kansky, Grade 7, Juniper Ridge
    Navaeh Tuft, Grade 7, Kamloops School of the Arts
    Kiera McGrath, Grade 7, Juniper Ridge

    Honourable Mentions:
    Anaya Fuoco, Grade 4, McGowan Park
    Julia Long, Grade 5, Beattie Elementary
    Elanie Ruberg, Grade 6, McGowan Park
    Abby Shu, Grade 7, McGowan Park

    “The experiences that connect our students to their passions and interests really help to make learning meaningful and these are the experiences that students will remember,” said Latta. “I think with COVID, this was an example of one thing we have all really missed. The tone at these events was happy and positive. Everyone was just so happy to be back together.”

    A gallery opening was also held earlier this week at the Old Courthouse and was attended by Superintendent Rhonda Nixon and other SD73 dignitaries, along with the young artists and their families. All artwork remains on display to the public at the Old Courthouse until May 8.

    Special thanks to the entire Committee for their efforts:

    • Arts Education Coordinator, Janet McCloy
    • Chair: Vice Principal, Jayne Latta
    • Principal, Katrina Sewell
    • Principal Tiffany Hawkins
    • Vice Principal, Jeanine Wourms
    • Vice Principal, Leah Clare
    • Teacher, Sharon Richards
    • Teacher, Karim Sadik
    • Teacher, Melissa Pavluk
Page last updated: 06 May 2022, 02:03 PM