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Students explore art themes in Re/LAUNCH/ing, vol. 2

Each month, will be displaying an online gallery of art created by high school students. These are October's submissions.
"Crimson Viper" by Sabrina Dizy; soft pastel. Scroll down for more art by local students and to read Sabrina's thoughts on this piece.

With school back in session, a new collaborative art project has been launched.

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

Each month, will be displaying an online gallery of art created by high school students. October's rendition features 12 creations from students at Paul Kane, Bellrose and St. Albert Catholic High.

KaraForseilleArtist: Kara Forseille
Grade 12
Coloured pencil
Title: Simple life
Artist Statement: "As I learn new techniques and skills in art class, I find it very fun and exciting to keep creating. Working with pencil crayons was challenging. I needed to be my most patient and resilient self. The purpose behind this piece was to remind me of my childhood, and the girl I drew looks similar to how I looked when I was younger. I miss when my life was simple and carefree, and this drawing took me back to those times."
TyriaPuszkarArtist: Tyria Puszkar
Grade 12
Acrylic paint
Title: A moment
Artist Statement: "My intent behind this painting was to create a piece of my favourite picture that I took of a very important person in my life. A person who always brings me joy: my best friend. I've been creating art my entire life at home as well as at school, every semester since my Grade 10 year. I've always been very passionate about art, specifically drawing. I plan to pursue art after high school by seeking a tattoo apprenticeship. I've wanted to be a tattoo artist for as long as I can remember and with the skills that I have acquired from my many art teachers, I believe that one day I will be able to achieve my dream."
AlyshaCampbellArtist: Alysha Campbell
Grade 12
Mixed medium
Title: Singer
Artist Statement: "This piece was created because of my love for the past, previous decades of fashion and sewing. Alongside creating art pieces, I enjoy sewing and creating garments as well as studying the history of fashion which is what inspired me to create this piece."
Brandi MacialekArtist: Brandi Macialek
Grade 12
Title: Parallels
Artist Statement: "Balance is not something you find, it's something you create." – Jana Kingsford
Grace Bobinski 2Artist: Grace Bobinski
Grade 12
Title: Vacant Spaces
Artist Statement: "Are you busy filling up spaces, or leaving room for what's to come?"
Kensey YaremchukArtist: Kensey Yaremchuk
Grade 11
Charcoal and white conte
Title: Know Your Worth
Artist Statement: "What's meant for you will end up good, and what's not – won't."
Noella MartynArtist: Noella Martyn
Grade 10
India Ink
Title: Untitled
Artist Statement: "The moon has awoken with the sun, the light has been broken; the spell has begun."
Aicha BahArtist: Aicha Bah
Grade 10
Title: Back Alley
Artist Statement: "This painting is referenced by a photo I took earlier in the morning of the alleyway behind my house. It is usually really bland-looking."
Mika ChuaArtist: Mika Chua
Grade 10
Title: Street Corner
Artist Statement: "This piece helped me start painting with watercolours again. I'm very grateful for that. I was very rusty in terms of my skill and technique but the painting process definitely taught me a lot of things."
Layal El-MaadawyArtist: Layal El-Maadawy
Grade 10
Title: Brick Wall
Artist Statement: "This painting is my take on something out of the ordinary. I decided to paint a wall in my school in different colours than what it actually is."
Stella ToshackArtist: Stella Toshack
Grade 11
Title: The Halls of PK
Artist Statement: "In this piece I wanted to take a very mundane part of the school and make it into something distinctive from what it was before. The change of angle added a bizarre sense to it all and the vast difference of colour used gave it a sense of wonder. Something quite ordinary can become something strangely beautiful when your own creativity is added to it."
SabrinaDizyArtist: Sabrina Dizy
Grade 10
Soft pastel
Title: Crimson Viper
Artist Statement: "I made this because of how mysterious snakes are. I wanted to create a piece where I would be challenged, therefore when I saw a picture of this particular snake, I just had to do it. As I made this piece, it required a lot of fine details, which enabled me to be a problem-solver and helped me reach my goal."
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