Joe"s CowsA painting of cows inspired by Canadian prairie artist and humourist Joe Fafard. A painting of trees on the banks of a calm river. A painting contrasting the skyline between the mountains and the prairies. A painting of our rolling foothills. An impressionist interpretation of a steam locomotive from the Canadian Pacific Railways…
These are but some of the many paintings featured in Under the Prairie Sky – Acrylic landscapes by grade five and six students from Calgary’s École King George. They are colourful, and remind one of impressionism (think Claude Monet's works, and how our Alberta landscape might have impacted his style, and this might have been what the paintings would have looked like when he was younger!) These paintings were also the art students' first work with acrylic painting, and the results are remarkable!
Teacher Lorraine Fafard states that, "In class, within a rather brief time frame, students were asked to observe, and reflect on life styles and natural imagery of life on the Prairies. Through the eyes of Canadian folk artists, William Kurelek, prairie artist Henry K. Ripplinger, and contemporary visual artists Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, as well as other forms of media presentations and archival photographs obtained through our school library, students began to connect to their subject and take risks in their productions."
Under the Prairie Sky will be on display until the end of April at our wonderful library. La Pleine Lune (from the artist"s imagination)