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High school art relaunches online

Re/LAUNCH/ing is a new online forum for high school art. Look for highlights on the last Thursday of every month on the Gazette's website.

If you’re going through with.draw.all withdrawal, then the cure is nigh.

The Gazette’s online venue that featured local high school students’ art from the latter end – re: the COVID end – of the school year was an über-popular place to get your visual fix from the creative wunderkinds. The students discovered a new way to get their work out there and learned even more about the therapeutic value of artistic creation.

Now that school is back in session, a new collaborative art project is being launched.

Re/LAUNCH/ing is aimed at hitting the same high notes that its predecessor did, but with the added emphasis on the intrinsic value of art to the artist.

“The importance of the arts in education can't be stressed enough. Not only is it helping our youth with their mental health in a really stressful time but it is providing an avenue to really work on developing their creative and critical thinking skills. This is going to become even more crucial in the near future. These times that we are living through will require creative thinkers to help society move forward,” expressed Colleen Hewitt, art teacher at Paul Kane High School.

Students will explore a medium inside of a specific theme as part of their art educations. A selection of their creative output will be featured on on the last Thursday of each month.

“We are so grateful for another opportunity to showcase the talent of our St. Albert art students. The city gets to have a sneak peek of what is currently going on in the art programs. It is so important for these students to have a platform to share their creative ideas and thoughts. Finding ways to connect our students with the art community and see how other youth in St. Albert are demonstrating their creative path allows for collaborative growth,” stated Teresa Wallsten, art teacher at St. Albert Catholic High School.

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