Students at Caledonia Secondary School can now peer into imagined worlds beyond school walls.
Funded through ArtStarts, a provincial charity that supports art and creativity with B.C.’s young people, the ‘Window to Another World’ project invited students from Grades 10, 11 and 12 to create a permanent art installation in Caledonia’s cafeteria.
The students have been working with teachers Collette Stewart, Cara Purita and art gallery coordinator Laura McGregor since October, creating 21 windows from scratch — from the wood frames to the design and landscape. Students were also instructed to create three-dimensional details within their windows to invite the viewer further in.
“We started working with basic perspective drawing and talked about how different places can affect you in different ways, and how there is a relationship between the viewer of an image and the actual image,” Stewart says.
Grade 11 student Bryce Roy Allan used a piece from a broken skateboard to design his gothic window, and Eva Almgren designed hers as a playful take on the Queen of Heart’s backyard oasis.
“It’s a different side to her [Queen of Hearts] because she’s usually pretty violent, so it’s a nice soft piece with her lanterns and heart-shaped bushes,” Almgren says.
After a summer spent travelling, Grade 11 student Jasmine Robinson wanted her window to make visitors feel like they were overlooking a city landscape, complete with a room key hanging from the apartment window.
“Being in the city growing up, I loved it. I always want to leave Terrace and go to the city,” Robinson says.
She says seeing the finished collection of unique pieces has turned the cafeteria into a more welcoming space for students.
“At first it was kind of boring, there was nothing on the walls — it was just brick. Now this makes it more lively,” Robinson says. “Overall, it all looks beautiful.”